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Mother of Child Struck and Killed by Cab Hopes Laws Can Be Changed

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The mother of a young boy struck and killed by a cab on the Upper West Side in January is speaking out about the decision not to charge the driver.

Dana Lerner, the mother of 8-year-old Cooper Stock, said she was told by the Manhattan district attorney's office that the driver didn't fit the criteria to be charged with a crime.

She said he would have had to have been drinking or texting in addition to his failure to yield to a pedestrian.

The Manhattan DA's office is not commenting, but Lerner said she believes there was negligence on the part of the driver and hopes the laws can be changed.

"I believe they knew that their hands were tied, and I believe they knew that this should be charged criminally, but as I said, the laws right now in New York State do not allow this, and many other states do allow this to happen, and we need to change that," she said. "Right now, there are drivers out there, cab drivers, any driver who could've killed people, been in accidents, and they're out there driving."

Koffi Komlani was driving the car that hit the boy and his father as they were crossing West 97th Street at West End Avenue.

The Taxi and Limousine Commission said he has not driven a taxi since and will not have his probationary license renewed when it expires in July.

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