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28 December 2017

UPDATE: Jim Burns Killed In Taxi Accident In Manhattan While Walking His Dog To Central Park; Fatal Car Accident Under Investigation

Pedestrian Dies After Car Accident: Jim Burns Killed In Taxi Accident In Manhattan While Walking His Dog To Central Park

Beloved MTV Unplugged Creator Jim Burns Killed In New York City Taxi Accident In Manhattan By Central Park While Walking His Dog

MANHATTAN, NEW YORK (December 28, 2017) – The co-creator of the MTV Unplugged series was hit by a New York City Taxi in a tragic car accident by central park.

Manhattan police have been able to identify the man that was hit by the New York City taxi as Jim Burns.

Family and friends are saying that one of Jim Burns favorite pastimes was walking with his dog to Central Park.

The taxi driver involved in the collision was apparently making  a left turn. Manhattan police are saying that the driver involved in the taxi accident remained at the scene and cooperated with police.

Jim Burns was transported the the hospital in critical condition, but later died due to his injuries.

An investigation into the fatal taxi crash remains ongoing at this time.


Taxi drivers have a responsibility to drive in a manner that is reasonably safe and maintain a watchful eye for pedestrians. With respect to vehicles attempting to make a left-turn, they should always yield the right of way to nearby pedestrians and other vehicles. According to New York Civil Code Section 1141, “[t]he driver of a vehicle intending to turn left within an intersection or into an alley, private road, or driveway shall yield the right of way to any vehicle approaching from the opposite direction which is within the intersection or so close as to constitute an immediate hazard.

In a left turn collision, liability may be established through the negligence per se doctrine. In essence, negligence per se holds that the violation of a civil statute may occasionally be sufficient in order to demonstrate liability. This is typically the case insofar as the action causing the accident is within the scope of the intended harm that the statute is designed to protect against.

Our staff at Lipsig Lawyers were deeply saddened to learn about the tragic taxi accident that killed Jim Burns in Manhattan. We extend our thoughts and prayers to the victim’s family as they continue to grieve such an incredible loss. Burns may be gone, but his legacy will survive through his groundbreaking work that will continue to reach audiences and the memories that he leaves behind. We encourage anyone that may have seen what happened to contact New York Police Department Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-8477. This is an absolute tragedy that should never have happened.