Distraught Driver Killed Himself Weeks Earlier Than Metropolis Corridor Suicide


The brand new financial pitfalls for-hire automobile driver cited earlier than dramatically killing himself outdoors Metropolis Corridor Monday had been additionally blamed for a suicide simply weeks earlier.

About six weeks earlier than a determined Doug Schifter pulled as much as Metropolis Corridor and shot himself within the face with a rifle, one other driver on the finish of his rope leaped off the roof of a Manhattan constructing, distraught over misplaced enterprise, pricey fines and a threatened license revocation.

On Dec. 20, hours after a listening to concerning the Taxi & Limousine Company’s risk to remove his license, Danilo Corporan Castillo, 57, plunged from the roof of his W. 135th St. constructing after calling his spouse in misery concerning the fines he owed.

In his pocket, household and cop sources mentioned, was a suicide notice scribbled on a TLC notification that pinned his last, determined act to his angst with the company.

“He had simply gotten house from an appointment with the taxi individuals,” Castillo’s aunt, Miguelina de los Santos, 64, advised the Each day Information. “He was actually upset. He referred to as his spouse at work. He advised her he owed an excessive amount of cash on tickets. They took away his license. How might he earn money? He advised her, ‘I’m going to leap from the roof.’ She mentioned, ‘Cease joking. The place are you proper now?’ He mentioned, ‘The roof.’

“Then she heard him fall. He jumped off the roof whereas he was on the cellphone together with her. She is destroyed. His two sons are destroyed, too. They will’t consider it led to this,” the aunt mentioned.

Castillo, a livery driver, had sat by means of an administrative listening to that day on a cost that he had illegally accepted a avenue hail — reserved just for yellow and inexperienced cabs — whereas working within the Bronx in September.

Castillo had been discovered responsible of avenue hails 4 occasions — and his September offense would have been his third conviction inside three years. If discovered responsible, it could imply a $1,500 tremendous and the revocation of his license.

However Castillo was apparently so distraught, he didn’t wait to study his destiny. A day after his dying, the company that had carried out the listening to mailed a discover that cleared Castillo of the latest cost — and would have allowed him to maintain his license.

Weeks later, Schifter, 61, posted a suicide notice on Fb shortly earlier than killing himself, recounting the automobile trade’s woes — which he laid on the ft of Mayor de Blasio, Gov. Cuomo and former Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

De Blasio mentioned psychological well being points probably performed a task in Schifter’s suicide.

“My coronary heart goes out to him and his household,” de Blasio mentioned Tuesday. “Look, let’s face it, for somebody to commit suicide means there’s an underlying psychological well being problem. Financial misery is actual however lots of people have confronted financial misery and don’t flip to suicide.”

TLC Commissioner Meera Joshi expressed her concern concerning the situation.

“The despair felt so deeply by Mr. Schifter has change into a subject of day by day debate and concern for us on the TLC,” Joshi mentioned.

Bhairavi Desai, head of the Nationwide Taxi Employees Alliance mentioned it was an trade in disaster. 

“The fines have at all times been there. Drivers at the moment are incomes much less cash to repay these fines. Except you pay them off, you’ll be able to’t go to work. So the desperation simply builds,” she mentioned.

With Ginger Adams Otis, Jillian Jorgensen

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