British Tourist Sues City After Losing Foot In Cab Crash
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The British tourist who lost her foot after a taxi cab jumped a Midtown curb and struck her in August is suing the city, court records show.
Sian Green, 23, of Leicester, England, was sitting on a large cement planter when the out-of-control cab hit her on Sixth Ave near Radio City Music Hall on Aug. 20. She was rushed into surgery, but doctors couldn’t save her left foot.
Driver Mohammad Himon said he lost control after a cyclist slammed the hood of his cab. Himon served a 30-day suspension issued by the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission.
Himon had enough violations to warrant being suspended several months before the crash, the TLC said after the crash.
A British tourist who lost her leg when a taxi jumped a curb and hit her in New York’s Rockefeller Center has started the process of suing the city.
Green filed what’s called a notice of claim against the city in November. Lawyer Daniel Marchese said Tuesday others might also face suits.
Green’s $27.5 million city claim says the cabbie’s hack license should have been suspended before the accident. The TLC has cited a now-fixed computer problem.
The city Law Department says it will review the claim, first reported Tuesday by news site DNAinfo.
In addition to losing her left foot, Green’s right leg was injured in the crash. Witnesses said Green was pinned under the cab.
Good Samaritans brought ice and made a makeshift tourniquet. Their quick actions were being credited with saving the woman’s life.
The Manhattan District Attorney’s office announced last month that Himon won’t face criminal charges.
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