THE BRONX - Taxi drivers called for major changes today after a cab driver was killed at exit 5 on the Hutchinson River Parkway this weekend.
On Saturday, a black Ford Explorer traveling north on the parkway flipped over into oncoming traffic in the southbound lanes. The SUV crushed a Skyline car service cab, killing 51-year-old driver Ata Norsi and 54-year-old passenger Patrick Sheenan, of Larchmont.
Taxi drivers who gathered for a news conference at the State Federation of Taxi Drivers Base on Randall Avenue put the blame for the driver’s death on the metal barrier that runs in the center of the Hutchinson River Parkway.
The federation is asking the state to replace 100 miles of the metal barrier with higher concrete walls in an effort to protect drivers during similar accidents.
Officials say they reached out to the state about a concrete wall shortly after a family of seven died on the Bronx River Parkway in 2012.
Fernando Mateo, of the NYS Federation of Taxi Drivers, says the group will continue to push for funding to have a more protective wall built along the Hutchinson River Parkway.