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Cab driver killed in apparent carjacking

September 19, 2010 |  1:02 pm

A cab driver was killed early Sunday in Lynwood after being dragged beside his taxi after an apparent carjacking, authorities said.

Los Angeles County sheriff’s homicide detectives responded to the 10900 block of Jackson Avenue about 1:45 a.m. after witnesses reported seeing a man hanging from the window frame of a taxi as it moved down the street, Det. Bob Kenney said.

Officials believe that the victim clung to the driver's side window of the taxi as it was driven west on Imperial Highway and then north onto Jackson Avenue. The suspect behind the wheel then sideswiped the driver's side of the taxi into three parked vehicles before exiting and fleeing the scene on foot.

The victim was found lying in the street next to the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene, Los Angeles County sheriff's Sgt. Michael Thomas said in a statement. The man appeared to have been injured before he was dragged, although the extent of those injuries was not known, Kenney said. The victim's name and age were not given.

-- Corina Knoll