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Lawsuit: NYPD Failed To Notify Taxi Driver’s Family Of Death For Days

November 30, 2018 - 5:12 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — The family of a New York City taxi driver who died of a heart attack while changing a tire is suing the NYPD, claiming the department didn’t bother investigating who he was.

Magdy Abouzaid, 61, died on Aug. 30, 2017, on the shoulder of the Henry Hudson Parkway.

“He died of natural causes while he was changing the tire on his car,” attorney Josh Moscovitz said.

Mocovitz was hired by Abouzaid’s family because they say they went through “hell” for two days after his death because cops could not identify him.

The family claims they had no idea what had happened to Abouzaid and police had listed him as an unidentified person.

“Obviously there's a license that's displayed in every yellow cab that shows who the driver is,” Mocovitz told WCBS 880.

As Abouzaid’s body remained unidentified, the family was unable to mourn according to their faith.

“They had lost the opportunity to conduct the traditional Muslim burial rights that are supposed to take place in the first 24 hours that someone's passed,” the family’s attorney explained.

No damages have been set but Abouzaid’s family has filed the suit to prevent the situation from happening to anyone else.

The city has admitting the situation is tragic but is still reviewing the legal case.