The collision happened around 10:50 a.m. NYU College of Dentistry professor John Evans witnessed the incident.
“The woman was facing away from the cab, and when it hit her, she went up in the air and the cab basically pinned her against the wall,” Evans told NYU's Washington Square News.
The woman, believed to be in her 30s, was in critical condition but is currently stable, according to an update at WSN.
The cab driver was suffering from a medical attack, which caused him to lose control of the car, police sources told the Post. There apparently haven't been any charges filed as the investigation continues.
The Daily News has a different version of things. They reported that the victim, 32-year-old Meral Arisoy "was battling for her life after she was hit and dragged a half block by an out of control cab going the wrong way."
"After the accident, the driver went back to his car to look for something,” [witness Jay] Ahn said. “He didn't like he was fazed too much."
The mayhem started after the unidentified cab driver went the wrong way on East 8th St. and University Place at 10:53 a.m. Thursday, police officials said.
The cabbie smashed into a tree pot and then hit Arisoy whose body got wedged under the car, witnesses said.
Ahn and another witness said the cabbie appeared to be speeding.