- Last Updated: 1:33 AM, July 4, 2012
- Posted: 7:02 PM, July 3, 2012
A yellow cab driver saved a Bronx woman from an attempted sex assault early today, an act of heroism that sent the would-be rapist speeding off so quickly he fatally crashed his car, sources said.
The hero hack — whose identity was not released — pulled over when he saw a man and a woman in a violent struggle on the side of the road just outside the Palisades State Park in Fort Lee, NJ around 3 am, law enforcement sources said.
The frightened woman was desperately clutching the pole on a street sign, while the man tried to yank her into his grey Infinity, the sources said.
The man yelled at the cabbie to keep driving, insisting the woman was just drunk.
The suspicious cabbie, however, refused to drive off.
Another Good Samaritan joined the cabbie, spooking the pervert, who sped off so quickly he left his belt behind.
The woman later told cops she’d taken a ride from a stranger she’d met in front of the Times Square subway station earlier in the night.
Instead of taking her to her home, the man drove to a desolate stretch of road outside the New Jersey park, where he began making sex demands.
Another man that was with him in the car was passed out in the back seat, possibly due to alcohol or drugs, the sources said.
“You have a young lady who was the victim of a violent sexual assault who was no doubt scared out of her wits, yet she had the presence of mind to provide law enforcement with some terrific information. She’s a really tough young woman,” said one police source.
The traumatized woman had just finished giving cops a description of her assailant’s car — including the license plate — when a call came in about a fatal crash in Alpine, NJ, about ten miles away.
The license plate of the car was one digit off what the woman had just given cops.
The driver — who was going over 100 miles an hour when he hit two trees — was killed instantly and his body was charred beyond recognition.
Cops were able to tell he was not wearing a belt with his pants.
The incapacitated passenger was thrown through the front windshield.
His condition wasn’t immediately known. Port Authority cops were the first to respond to the scene.