An Israeli Army major, on vacation in New York with her family, was injured in the head when a giant rock smashed the windshield of the cab she was riding in on the FDR Tuesday night. The rock, allegedly dropped by two teens from an overpass near 71st Street, sent shards of glass into Gilat Raz's face above her left eye. Her 11-year-old daughter, Raz's sister and nephew were in the back and were unharmed. Raz, 41, tells the Daily News, "I've been driving in the West Bank, I've been in Gaza. I never imagined that New York would be where I'd get hit by a rock. It was scary how much I bled. The children were hysterical."
The cabbie rushed Raz to New York Hospital, where she received a couple stitches. Speaking to the Post, which got striking photos of a bloodied Raz and the damage to the cab, a witness says, "There was so much blood." Police say Caesar Estrella, 16, and Bajran Taipi, 15, dropped rocks on seven vehicles, five of them taxis, but Raz was the only one injured. A witness led cops to the suspects, who were caught hiding behind an SUV near the overpass; they're to be arraigned as adults on felony assault and reckless endangerment charges.
A police source says, "They were aiming for the cars, like target practice, and didn't care who they hurt." Raz's frightened children are now begging her to take them back home, and she may cut her vacation short and return to Israel before her July 20th departure. She says, "Listen, I love New York, but this changed something for me. I'm scared stiff right now."