[UPDATE BELOW] The driver of a Chevy Suburban SUV ran over a woman crossing Eighth Avenue in the crosswalk at 38th Street yesterday around 4:30 p.m. The driver, Edip Ozlemis, 39, reportedly turned into Yuenei Wu, 67, and dragged her several feet before finally stopping. Wu remained pinned under the SUV until a group of bystanders collectively lifted up the back of the vehicle so that others could drag her out.
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Wu was reportedly still conscious when she was dragged from under the vehicle. "We just all started lifting the truck up, as soon as we lifted it up, a couple gentlemen pulled her from under," good Samaritan Adam Smith tells NBC NY. "I just told her it's gonna be OK, your family loves you, stick around."
“When she went into the ambulance, she was alive," good Samaritan Juan Thompson told CBS 2. "So as far as I know, we were just trying to help her save her life."
First responders rushed Wu to Bellevue hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Bystander Mario Santoro told NBC he recognized Wu as a woman who worked "in fabrics" in a building at the corner of 38th and 8th. "I had to go upstairs to the 16th floor and let her daughter know," Santoro said. "She's just a little old lady. Everyone always sees her, she's always saying hi to everybody. It's scary."
Ozlemis stayed at the scene and was subsequently arrested on a charge of failure to yield to a pedestrian. NBC reports that the vehicle had a Taxi & Limousine Commissioner license plate, but it's unclear if Ozlemis is a livery cab driver.
Update 1 p.m.: TLC spokesman Allan Fromberg confirms that Ozlemis is currently licensed by the TLC and that a trip was in progress when he fatally struck Wu. His TLC license has now been suspended.