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Father of 10 killed while driving taxi in New Jersey

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RAHWAY, N.J. — Ten children lost their father when a taxi driver in New Jersey was killed by a rider who called him for a lift then pulled out a gun in what became a botched but deadly robbery, authorities said.

It happened at 10:58 p.m. Tuesday on Bedford Street in a quiet residential neighborhood of Rahway, N.J., police said.

Someone called a car to the address from a private line. When the driver arrived, the attacker entered the car and a struggle ensued, police said. During the chaos, the driver was shot once in the head, causing him to crash into two parked cars. A woman sitting in one of those cars was severely injured and taken to a hospital, officials said.

The 57-year-old driver, whose name has not been released, died as a result of the gunshot wound, officials said. His death is being investigated as a homicide, Union County officials said.

Investigators said the culprit did not make off with any cash. Officers found a handgun near the car.

Jim Maye -- a manager at Station Cab where the victim worked -- told PIX11 News the driver had been part of the company for four years and leaves behind a wife and 10 children.

Maye said the fateful call came in on a private line and was not recorded.

Drivers have been on high alert since last week when another cabbie was robbed at gunpoint by a culprit who made off with more than $100, Maye said. That attack happened near Jaques Avenue and West Albert Street in Rahway.

The investigation into Tuesday's deadly heist is ongoing. No arrests have been made.