Cabbie who hit tourist says crash wasn't his fault - KMSP-TV

Cabbie who hit tourist says crash wasn't his fault

Posted: Updated:

BETHAN McKERNAN | AP

NEW YORK (AP) -- A New York City taxi driver said Friday he wasn't responsible for the crash that cost a British tourist her leg despite the swift aid of bystanders including TV's Dr. Oz.

Mohammed Fasyal Himon, 24, told reporters that he was "very sorry" about the incident but blamed a cyclist who pounded on his car and yelled at him for causing the crash.

"I am praying for her and her family," he said. "But it is not my fault. It is just an accident."

British tourist Sian Green, 23, lost a leg when she was struck by Himon's taxi at Rockefeller Center on Tuesday. Quick-thinking bystanders including a plumber, a nurse and television personality Dr. Mehmet Oz rushed to her aid. Plumber David Justino immediately applied a tourniquet made from a belt.

Green's other leg was badly injured, but she likely will regain use of it with physical therapy, one of her doctors said.

Fernando Mateo of the New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers joined Himon to say that the aggressive behavior of the cyclist -- who he said has a criminal record -- 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 bicyclist has not been charged.

Mateo announced the creation of a fund to help Green with medical expenses. By Friday afternoon the fund had already raised $3,000.

Mateo went on to criticize how 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 Himon's license as for safety infractions.

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 daughter is recovering.

Mateo and the cabbies' union are trying to block a move by the authorities to suspend Himon's cab license. Himon has been issued a summons, and police and prosecutors are still investigating.

  • Manhattan NewsManhattan NewsMore>>

  • Another video shows NYPD cop putting man in choke hold

    Another video shows NYPD cop putting man in choke hold

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 10:08 PM EDT2014-07-24 02:08:13 GMT
    The NYPD is investigating another apparent choke-hold incident during a recent arrest that was captured on video. The video shows a police officer putting a man in a choke hold and then punching him in the face in a subway station in Harlem, police said. A community activist said he received the new video but never had any intention of releasing it to the media.
    The NYPD is investigating another apparent choke-hold incident during a recent arrest that was captured on video. The video shows a police officer putting a man in a choke hold and then punching him in the face in a subway station in Harlem, police said. A community activist said he received the new video but never had any intention of releasing it to the media.
  • Some StubHub accounts breached

    Some StubHub accounts breached

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 4:34 PM EDT2014-07-23 20:34:20 GMT
    Six people were indicted Wednesday in an international ring that managed to take over more than 1,000 StubHub users' accounts and fraudulently buy tickets to such prime events as Jay-Z and Elton John concerts, a New York Yankees-Boston Red Sox game and Broadway shows like "The Book of Mormon," the Manhattan district attorney said. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. said the thieves would then resell the tickets and split up the proceeds.
    Six people were indicted Wednesday in an international ring that managed to take over more than 1,000 StubHub users' accounts and fraudulently buy tickets to such prime events as Jay-Z and Elton John concerts, a New York Yankees-Boston Red Sox game and Broadway shows like "The Book of Mormon," the Manhattan district attorney said. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. said the thieves would then resell the tickets and split up the proceeds.
  • Bloomberg flies to Israel in show of support

    Bloomberg flies to Israel in show of support

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 4:12 PM EDT2014-07-23 20:12:27 GMT
    Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg flew to Israel via a commercial El Al flight despite an FAA ban on U.S.-based airlines flying to Tel Aviv. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Bloomberg on the tarmac outside the El Al jet Wednesday at Ben Gurion International Airport.
    Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg flew to Israel via a commercial El Al flight despite an FAA ban on U.S.-based airlines flying to Tel Aviv. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Bloomberg on the tarmac outside the El Al jet Wednesday at Ben Gurion International Airport.
Powered by WorldNow

KMSP-TV
11358 Viking Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Phone: (952) 944-9999
Fax: (952) 942-0455

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices