The United Cab driver killed with a single shot to the head yesterday morning was "a scrappy kid who wouldn't let people shove him around," said United vice president Bernie Goldberg.
"He was the kind of guy who would help somebody if he could," Goldberg said of Joseph Johnson, 29, whose body was found in his cab on Sansom Street near 59th at 8:45 a.m.
"If he had to interfere in a fight, he would do that, too," Goldberg said. "He was a big, tall, heavy-set guy who was never afraid of anything. Who knows - maybe that got him into trouble."