Former NYPD Commissioner Backed into Pregnant Woman; Drove Off
January 10, 2010
NEW YORK (AP) — A former New York City police commissioner has been accused of backing his SUV into a pregnant woman, then driving away.
Police say Howard Safir bumped the woman with his Cadillac Friday afternoon in Manhattan.
She was treated for a bruised shoulder, but wasn’t seriously hurt.
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They say Safir didn’t know he’d hit someone.
The victim tells a different story.
Joanne Valarezo tells The New York Times that both she and a passenger in the SUV yelled at the driver for being careless before he drove away.
She says she didn’t know who he was until informed by a reporter.
Safir was police commissioner from 1996 to 2000.
Calls to his homes in New York and Maryland weren’t immediately returned.
Information from: The New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com