Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 31 August 2014

Crash taxi drive blames cyclist

A British woman suffered a leg injury in an accident near the Rockefeller Centre in New York

The New York taxi driver involved in the crash which cost a British woman part of her leg has denied it was his fault, as he launched a medical fund to help her.

Sian Green has been recovering from surgery at Bellevue Hospital after a yellow cab ploughed into the 24-year-old as she was enjoying the start of a holiday break in the city with a female friend on Tuesday.

Mohammed Fasyal Himon blamed the crash on a cyclist, who he claimed pounded on his car and yelled at him. Mr Himon said he was "very sorry" about the accident as he launched a charity fund for Ms Green with the The New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers. It has so far raised 3,000 dollars (£1,900).

Mr Himon said: "I am praying for her and her family. But it is not my fault. It is just an accident. This is what cab drivers have to deal with every day. It could have happened to any of us." New York police say the cyclist has not been charged.

Ms Green has been praised for her fighting spirit by surgeons, who had to amputate her left foot, while she has undergone treatment to wounds on her other leg as a result of the accident.

Dr Spiros Frangos, a senior trauma surgeon at the hospital, said: "Ms Green had her left leg amputated below the knee as a result of the accident.

"Given the condition of the lower leg, replantation was not an option. Her right leg sustained multiple deep lacerations which were also cleaned and repaired and will likely regain most functionality with time and physical therapy."

He went on to praise Ms Green and her family. "Ms Green has remained optimistic despite the difficult circumstances and is very fortunate to have such a loving and supportive family," he said.

He was speaking after her parents Jason and Sonia Green, who made a mercy dash to be at their daughter's bedside earlier this week, released a statement through the hospital praising the aid and care their daughter had received.

"There are not enough words to express our gratitude to everyone who has helped our family during this difficult time," they said.

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