A New York cab driver ran his ex-girlfriend off the road before stabbing her to death early Wednesday.
Doines Espinal pursued ex-girlfriend Katherine German, who was a passenger in a Honda Pilot being driven by a male friend, shortly before 4 am Wednesday. The 31-year-old cabbie slammed into the side of the SUV, causing it go off the road and overturn after hitting a concrete barrier.
Espinal then got out of the car and went over to the SUV, stabbing the 20-year-old — who was pinned inside the wrecked vehicle — in the neck and torso repeatedly. German was pronounced dead t the scene. The male friend, 28-year-old Jose Jiminiz sustained cuts and bruises in the crash, but declined medical attention.
Espinal stayed at the scene until police arrived. He is currently being held in custody, and charges against him are pending. The knife used in the murder was recovered at the scene.
Doines Espinal was a longtime driver for Kiss Car Services in the Fordham section of the Bronx, and was working at the time of the murder. Co-workers said Espinal blamed German for a recent license suspension.
“He had his… license suspended for a few days (in August) because he had a problem with his girlfriend,” said Maria Martinez, a Kiss Car secretary. “My boss told him to keep it calm — if you can’t live with this person, just move away.” Martinez also said Espinal was usually quiet, and that he’s “not the kind of person you’d expect to have a problem like this.”
However, German apparently had a working order of protection against Espinal, which was set to expire in October. The couple had also recently become parents to a baby girl.
Police told CBS 2 that Doines Espinal and Katherine German had gotten into a fight Tuesday night, and German had a male friend pick her up. Espinal tracked them down and saw them coming out of the Paradise Hotel before the brutal murder.