Firefighter fatally struck by unlicensed taxi driver

Police say a cab driver who fatally struck a firefighter in Huntington Station Sunday night was driving with a suspended license. Investigators say 30-year-old Raymond Siple was crossing Depot Road

News 12 Staff

Dec 23, 2014, 4:05 AM

Updated 3,444 days ago

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Firefighter fatally struck by unlicensed taxi driver
Police say a cab driver who fatally struck a firefighter in Huntington Station Sunday night was driving with a suspended license.
Investigators say 30-year-old Raymond Siple was crossing Depot Road at around 10:45 p.m. when he was struck and killed by a cab driven by Christian Lopez-Barcelo.
Lopez-Barcelo works for Orange and White cab company, but police say he shouldn't have been driving because his license had a total of five suspensions for unpaid tickets.
Lopez-Barcelo was charged with a misdemeanor charge of driving with a suspended license and was issued a court appearance ticket. He did not answer the door at his home today, and the cab company refused to comment.
Huntington town officials say they are looking into Lopez-Barcelo's driving record because he had been approved for a town taxi license in May.
Siple was a member of the Huntington Manor Fire Department, where his father also volunteered. His family members were too distraught to speak with News 12 today, but neighbors say Siple leaves behind a young daughter.
 


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