NY taxi driver rejects crash blame
A New York taxi driver involved in a crash that cost a British tourist her leg has said the accident was not his fault.
Mohammed Fasyal Himon said he was "very sorry" about the accident but he blamed a cyclist who pounded on his car and yelled at him for causing the crash.
British tourist Sian Green was hit at the Rockefeller Centre on Tuesday. She lost her leg below the knee in the accident. One of Ms Green's doctors said she is likely to regain use of the other leg with physiotherapy.
Fernando Mateo of the New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers joined Mr Himon to announce the creation of a fund to help Ms Green with medical expenses. They have raised 3,000 dollars (£1,900) so far.
Mr Himon said: "I am praying for her and her family. But it is not my fault. It is just an accident."
Mr Mateo said it was the aggressive behaviour of the cyclist - who he said has a criminal record - that was at fault in what he described as a terrible accident. This is what cab drivers have to deal with every day," he said. "It could have happened to any of us."
Police say the cyclist has not been charged.
Mr Mateo went on to criticise how Mr Himon has been portrayed in the media, saying that the Bangladeshi's poor English has made it difficult for him to communicate his side of the story and that the press has incorrectly reported the existing points on Mr Himon's licence as for safety infractions.
Ms Green's parents, Jason and Sonia, have thanked New Yorkers for their support following the accident. "There are not enough words to express our gratitude to everyone who has helped our family during this difficult time," the couple said in a statement released by Bellevue Hospital, where their 23-year-old daughter is recovering.
Mr Mateo and the cabbies' union are trying to block a move by the authorities to suspend Mr Himon's cab licence. Mr Himon has been issued a summons, and police and prosecutors are still investigating.