Sailor ticketed in taxi incident

Wednesday, March 20, 2013
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— A sailor found unconscious on Broadway has been ticketed for allegedly trying to jump onto a moving taxi cab.

Nilantonio Eschevarria-Diaz, 23, who is serving in the Navy, was hit by a Saratoga Taxi cab when he attempted to cross from the north to the south side of Lake Avenue shortly after 2 a.m. March 9, police said.

Eschevarria-Diaz was unconscious and unresponsive after the accident and was taken to Saratoga Hospital and then airlifted to Albany Medical Center Hospital. His injuries were not life-threatening and he is recovering, police said.

After interviewing numerous witnesses and Echevarria-Diaz himself, police believe he ran into the street and attempted to jump onto the taxi while it was moving east on Lake Avenue.

He was charged with pedestrian proceeding into the path of a motor vehicle and pedestrian failing to use the designated crosswalk, both violations of state Vehicle & Traffic law.

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