Video: See The World's Worst Hit And Run From The Cabbie's POV
By Chuck Sudo in News on Nov 8, 2013 3:25PM
The video of a cabbie confronting the driver of a stolen SUV in the world's worst hit and run accident is a big hit at parties and smartphones everywhere. Now, courtesy of Chicago Dispatcher, we can see the hit and run and its setup via the taxi's dashboard camera.
The video clocks in at nearly nine minutes and 30 seconds and the dashboard camera doesn't provide the vantage point of the video that went viral. But there are some notable moments in the video starting at the one second mark when you can see the camera shake from the SUV rear-ending the taxi.
At the 55 second mark you can see the SUV make a sharp left and leave the scene of the accident, followed by the cabbie in hot pursuit, to quote Roscoe P. Coltrane.
The cabbie follows the SUV tightly down Southport when the driver of the stolen vehicle turns west on Belmont. Note at the 5:19 mark as the cabbie waits for some pedestrians to cross before finally cutting off the SUV on Belmont. The rest, as they say, is history. The dashboard camera records the growing congestion on Belmont Avenue's eastbound lane, a sign of the cabbie confronting the driver of the SUV. At the 8:55 mark the cab is hit again, followed two seconds later by the SUV slamming into the dealer vehicle on the left.
As you can see, the cabbie took a hell of a chance by chasing down the driver of the stolen SUV. It was a dumb move in retrospect but we can see why he did it. And the driver of the SUV did eventually wind up getting arrested.