July 5, 2013 at 7:59 AM
Taxi driver killed in Auburn early-morning collision
A taxi driver in Auburn was killed in a collision Friday morning after an SUV ran a red light and broadsided the cab, Auburn police said.
The collision happened at 5:50 a.m. at the corner of Auburn Way South and East Main Street.
Auburn Police Commander Mike Hirman said the taxi had just begun moving through the intersection on a green light and was heading east on East Main Street when an SUV with two people inside ran a red light and crashed into the side of the taxi. The driver, who was the only person in the cab, died at the scene.
Hirman said neither of the SUV occupants was seriously injured and the SUV’s driver got out of the vehicle and ran off. He was found a couple of blocks away.
Hirman said an Auburn police officer was one car ahead of the taxi and saw the accident in his rear-view mirror.
The driver of the SUV is being held and police are looking into whether alcohol or drugs were involved.
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