Taxi driver thought to be resting was actually dead in parked cab for 18 hours

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NEW YORK —  New York City taxi driver who appeared to be resting was actually dead in his parked vehicle for about 18 hours.

The New York Times says 59-year-old Mehari Bokrezion died of cardiovascular disease around lunchtime on August 8th. He had pulled over in an area of Manhattan where drivers are allowed to rest for an hour. He wasn’t found until the next morning.

When the driver failed to go home, his worried wife and brother traced his GPS device with help from his garage. At around the same time a passer-by noticed the driver hadn’t moved and called 911.

The SoHo neighborhood where the driver was found bustles with foot traffic, but only one person sought help.

Other taxi drivers came and went without realizing something was wrong.

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