Vigil For Cab Driver Kenny Chow

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Missing Cabbie Found Dead Of Suspected Suicide

May 27, 2018 - 12:32 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A yellow cab owner and driver who had been missing for the past couple of weeks has been found dead of a suspected suicide.

Family and friends said 56-year-old Yumain "Kenny" Chow left his cab on 86th Street near the East River and vanished on May 11.

Family members said Chow was experiencing financial hardship, including a $700,000 mortgage that he took out in 2011 for a taxi medallion and was now unable to pay. His his wife was recently diagnosed with cancer and his daughter had to return home to their native Burma because they couldn't afford for her to go to college.

Chow’s body was found in the East River.

New York City Taxi Workers Alliance President Bhairavi Desai told 1010 WINS that with Uber and other for-hire services flooding the market and devaluing taxi medallions, the industry is hurting – and suicides keep happening.

“Five suicides in five months – I’ve never seen so many suicides of drivers before, and it’s of drivers of across the sectors,” Desai said. “You know, it’s an indicator that there is economic devastation.”

As 1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria reported, a vigil for Chow was held in the park overlooking the East River at 86th Street.

“He’s very hardworking. He loves his family. That’s all I want to say,” Richard Chow said at the vigil before breaking down.

City Councilman Peter Koo (D-20th) said he would offer legislation to help other drivers with similar financial problems.