Cabbie Struck By Drunk Driver Has Leg, Livelihood Taken Away

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) –– Family and friends gathered Wednesday to pray for a taxi driver struck by a drunk driver last week.

Sajjad Matin, 42, had to have his left leg amputated after being hit last Thursday around 8:30 p.m. when he was unloading a passenger’s luggage on 8th Avenue and 51st Street.

A week after the horrific accident, Matin is undergoing even more surgery.

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“We’re just praying that his right leg will be saved,” said Bhairavi Desai, with the Taxi Workers Alliance.

Matin’s older brother told reporters, including 1010 WINS’ Al Jones, that he wakes up every morning worrying about his brother, knowing his leg and livelihood are gone.

“It’s a very tough situation right now and very…totally crushed himself and totally [disabled],” he said.

Matin and his wife, Saira Matin, have a 5-year-old and 2-year-old son. The victim’s wife says her biggest concern is how her husband will react after fully regaining consciousness and realizing he has lost his leg.

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Sajjad Matin with his son (credit: personal photo via New York Taxi Workers Alliance)

“He is so honest and kind-hearted and such a helpful person. He always sees the positive side of life. We could not believe our eyes when we saw the two cars and all his injuries,” said Matin’s friend, Meer Islam.

The New York Taxi Workers Alliance is asking for the public to help support Matin’s family in their hour of need.

“All this working family has to rely on today is the kindness of strangers in the city he’s served for so many years,” said Desai.

Share your thoughts in the comments section below…

  • Rubel

    State should give life long support to Sajjad, Drunk lady driver should be punished


    Let’s all pray for Sajjad.

  • tanjim

    that is my uncle :( ! o dear uncle :( too bad im not in usa ryt now :(

  • John

    Drunk driving and driving while texting or talking on the phone should be changed to include mandatory jail terms without parole for at least ten years if someone is killed as a result of their action! This is ridiculous.

  • RT

    Maybe when the media and others stop identifying drinking and driving an “accident” laws will change and consequences will be more effective in ending this problem. I

    • chris

      Idiots on cell phones. Not about dUI, Its is about selfishness and being self-absorbed. You people dont get it.

      Eyes on the road. Wow. Class Arrogance.

      • No One

        The lady wasn’t on her cell phone she was drunk, i should know this mans my cousin :(

  • Bullett

    City’s too lenient on drunk drivers.

  • rr

    Drunk driving should warrant a mandatory one year in jail–no plea bargain, no questions asked, no mercery. The second offense times 5.

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