Cab driver taking accolades in stride — and under wraps

The taxi driver whose daring efforts led cops to suspects in the killing of a German tourist earlier this month will be publicly honored at a Union Square restaurant today — but the cabbie won’t be easy to identify.

The Luxor driver, who wants to conceal his identity until the killer is locked up, will be ushered into John’s Grill on Ellis Street with a dozen other cabbies in order to remain anonymous, publicist Lee Houskeeper said. There, veteran cops will tell old tales of how cabbies helped fight crime in The City, and the heralded driver will be showered with gifts.

The driver has told The Examiner the attention is unnecessary. He said he was simply doing his civic duty the day he trailed a car believed to contain suspects involved in a shootout at Mason and Geary streets that killed the 50-year-old tourist and injured two other people.

The suspects were arrested but later released due to insufficient evidence. Newsom publicly praised the cabbie for helping police.

The night of the incident, the cabbie had just dropped off a passenger when he spotted teens piling into a car on Post Street that drove off erratically. He said he called cops while following the car on Stockton Street.

An army of police rained down on the suspects after their car pulled up in front of Hotel Palomar on Fourth Street, the cabbie said.

The cabbie said he reports something to police “at least once a week.”

“I see a lot of crap out there,” the longtime San Franciscan said.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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