Good Samaritans lift up taxi to free woman dragged under the wheel

Zingatan Pelagia 
By: Ryan Lee Hall 

A hospital worker died a gruesome death after being dragged under the wheel of a taxi.

A woman was dragged and killed by a taxi on the Upper East Side in Manhattan, New York, this evening, authorities said.

Zingatan Pelagia, 65, who worked at the nearby Sloan-Kettering Medical Center, was crossing 69th Street at First Avenue, with a friend when a van taxi traveling west on 69th Street hit her at the intersection at 1:00 p.m., witnesses and police said.

Her friend was able to jump out of the way, but Zingatan was dragged to the middle of the street under the rear wheel of the car, witnesses said.

A group of good Samaritan bystanders helped lift the vehicle, witnesses said.

"I heard a scream, and then everyone ran across the street to lift up the truck," said Jasmine Adams, 21. Between 15 and 20 people lifted the car and pulled out Zingatan. One of them began to administer first aid to her.

"He took her out, and someone began to do CPR," said Andreas Andreou, a manager of a nearby pizza shop. "She was under the wheel. They had to lift up the back of the truck," he said.

Witnesses said the driver was distraught. There were no passengers in the taxi.

No crime is suspected.

Zingatan was transferred in critical condition to New York Cornell Hospital, where she died, police said.