Cops: Ex-NYPD honcho hit woman, drove off

(AP) - A former New York City police commissioner has been accused of backing his SUV into a pregnant woman, then driving away.

Police say Howard Safir bumped the woman with his Cadillac Friday afternoon in Manhattan.

She was treated for a bruised shoulder, but wasn't seriously hurt.

Police detectives decided not to press charges. They say Safir didn't know he'd hit someone.

Joanne Valarezo, the victim, tells The New York Times that both she and a passenger in the SUV yelled at the driver for being careless before he drove away.

Safir was police commissioner from 1996 to 2000.

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