One person killed when taxicab jumps curb, crashes outside Heinz Hall
At least one person was killed and another was injured Friday night when a taxicab crashed onto the sidewalk outside Heinz Hall.
The accident happened about 8:40 p.m. near the intersection of Sixth Street and Liberty Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh.
Witnesses said the taxi drove onto the sidewalk and crashed into the gate of the courtyard area at Heinz Hall. The medical examiner identified the victim as 55-year-old Jaafar Bey, of Carnegie.
“It's like the cab driver just looked up and made a turn. Once he hit the curb, he just continued to hit the gas. Now there's a person laying there on the ground probably coming home from work,” said Dorothy Lane, who witnessed the crash.
Bey was a local musician and family man. He was walking to the T station on his way home from his parents’ house when he was struck and killed. His family members said they want a full investigation into what happened.
Witnesses said the taxi collided with another vehicle, then skidded up onto the curb.
Police said the driver of the taxicab remained on the scene and was answering their questions. Channel 11’s Catherine Varnum called the taxicab company, Veteran Cab, for comment but has not heard back.
There are security cameras at the intersection. Police said they will be reviewing the video as part of their investigation. It’s unclear whether slick roads could be to blame.
The second person who was struck by the taxicab was treated and released from the hospital.
A Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra concert was scheduled at Heinz Hall Friday night.