A killer cabbie stalked and fatally stabbed his helpless ex-girlfriend early Wednesday in a brutal finish to a high-speed Bronx highway chase and crash, cops said.
Catherine German, 20, was pinned inside a crumpled SUV when her former flame repeatedly plunged a knife into her body as another male friend stood nearby, cops said.
Minutes earlier, the homicidal hack had slammed his speeding cab into the SUV, sending it sailing off the highway, officials said.
The lethal lover’s quarrel started when cabbie Doines Espinal, 31, of the Bronx, spotted the mother of his infant daughter leaving a Bronx hotel with the SUV’s driver, police sources said.
Espinal shared a violent history with his victim. The cabbie was previously arrested for assaulting the Bronx woman, who had an order of protection against him, the sources said.
It was unclear if the order was still in effect, the sources said. The suspect and the victim were the parents of a 2-month-old baby, according to a relative.
Authorities said Espinal was outside the Paradise Hotel when German exited a room with Jose Jiminez, 28, of Yonkers, around 4 a.m.
The two climbed into the SUV and drove off, with Espinal giving chase inside his lime green outer-borough taxi.
The cabbie slammed into the Honda Pilot SUV during the high-speed chase, sending the bigger vehicle hurtling over a concrete barrier at the northbound entrance to the New England Thruway from the Pelham Parkway.
The vehicle landed on its side on a bike path that runs along the highway, police said.
Espinal then exited his cab and stabbed the woman over and over, police said. German, who never made it out of the SUV, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The alleged attacker stayed at the scene of the gruesome crime until police arrived. He was taken into custody, and charges were pending early Wednesday.
Co-workers at the Kiss Car Service in the Bronx said the suspect was a longtime employee who followed his father into the business.
The attacker blamed the victim for a recent license suspension, according to his colleagues.
"She got me arrested," the man told his co-workers. The driver recently had his hack license reinstated and returned to work.
“He had his ... license suspended for a few days (in August) because he had a problem with his girlfriend,” said Maria Martinez, a Kiss Car secretary. “My boss told him to keep it calm — if you can’t live with this person, just move away.”
Espinal was typically quiet and calm, keeping to himself and working the overnight shift.
He was “not the kind of person you’d expect to have a problem like this,” said Martinez. “It’s very shocking to me.”
SUV driver Jiminez escaped injury when his vehicle flipped and declined medical attention at the scene, cops said.
Debora Rosada, 40, a relative of Espinal, said the former couple lived with his mother until May — when she kicked them out. She thought the pair was planning a move to Florida.
“He’s had his problems in the past, but he’s never been this angry or violent,” said Rosado. “I can’t believe it.”
[NY Daily News Report]