A drunk New York man was killed early Friday morning after he stepped out of the taxicab to vomit and somehow stumbled into the path of oncoming traffic, according to New York Daily News. Luis Inoa, 23, from the Bronx, was on his way home after having a few drinks with a friend at an Inwood bar when he suddenly fell ill.
At approximately 2:40 a.m., Inoa asked the taxi cab driver to pull over so that he can vomit. The driver obliged and pulled over “near a bus stop at the corner of W. 231st St. and Kingsbridge Avenue.” When he opened the door for the passenger to get out of the cap, Inoa stepped out and began to vomit on the cab and on the street. However, a few short seconds later, he stumbled into the street where a city bus was driving up. The driver of the bus saw the young man and swerved into the westbound lane to avoid hitting him, but Inoa stumbled further and was ultimately struck by “the right side of the bus.”
“Next thing he knows, somebody was screaming at him [the driver] to stop the bus,” said a local. Inoa was pronounced dead at the scene.
“I don’t know why this had to happen to a kid like him,” said Inoa’s father, Andres Inoa, 54, who found about his son’s death after receiving a devastating phone call at 4 a.m.
“He was very happy.”
According to Inoa’s LinkedIn profile, he graduated from Iona College in 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in mass communication and a focus in broadcast media.
“It was a great thing,” the victim’s father son about his son’s achievements, holding back tears. “He accomplished something.” Inoa had recently started working at Nickelodeon as a production assistant and was making great strides to accomplish his goal and become a television producer, according to ABC 7 NY.
Inoa’s 28-year-old cousin, Lucy Veloz, added that he was “a bright kid with a bright future in front of him. Some people may think that he was under the influence of drugs or something, but he was just an average kid enjoying life.”
The taxicab driver, nor the bus driver, who remained at the scene, face any criminal charges after the fatal bus incident. “He did his job as he’s supposed to do,” said Frank Austin. “He went around the stopped vehicle.”
“You teach your children to do the right thing and take a cab after drinking. It’s an unfortunate accident.”
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