A livery cab driver killed himself early Saturday in the backseat of his car — which was parked alongside a Queens cemetery, police said. The man, whose name was not immediately released, ingested or breathed in “some kind of substance” in the backseat of his Hyundai Sonata at Myrtle Avenue and 75th Street on the side of the Mount Lebanon Cemetery in Glendale around 4 a.m., police said. He had been a driver for Lyft since 2014, according to a TLC spokesman.
Cops removed the man from the car, head first, and laid him down on his back. His face was covered in white powder from the forehead down, and his right hand was bent upwards from the elbow.
Eight debt-burdened Big Apple cabbies have committed suicide in a span of just over a year. The most recent was Roy Kim, 58, of Bayside, Queens, who hanged himself with a belt in his home on Nov. 5, according to the city’s medical examiner’s office. A month before, Uber driver Fausto Luna jumped in front of an oncoming A train.
Many drivers blame the suicide epidemic on the meteoric growth of ride-share companies such as Lyft and Uber, which has pinched everyone’s pocketbooks. This year, there have been eight suicides, and next year, with the $2.50 on our backs, there will be more than 10,” taxi driver Nicolae Hent said at the time.
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