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New York City Streets: A Horror and Some Help

October 28, 2013 | Michael Barasch

Newly arrived in New York on holiday, 23-year-old Sian Green of Leicester, England had just purchased a hot dog with her best friend and sat upon a ledge near Rockefeller Center. Just then, a taxi cab sped through a crosswalk, hit a cyclist and then struck Ms. Green, instantly severing her leg. 

Working nearby, 44-year-old plumber David Justino saw the accident and rushed to Ms. Green, fashioning a tourniquet to slow her loss of blood. A nearby pizza truck owner, Max Crespo, helped secure the tourniquet with a dog leash and packed Ms. Green’s severed foot in ice. From a nearby office, television personality Dr. Mehmet Oz rushed to the scene, later praising the action taken by Mr. Justino. 

New York City encourages witnesses to report reckless driving, but any call would have come too late to help Ms. Green. Faysal Himon, the 24-year-old cab driver who struck Ms. Green stated he mistook the accelerator for the brake. Witnesses, including the cyclist struck by Mr. Himon, noted his seeming impatience waiting for pedestrians when he drove through the crosswalk before slightly injuring the cyclist and severely injuring Ms. Green. 

The driving record of Mr. Himon, who was employed by NYC Taxi Group, reveals the following: 

  • Licensed as a cab driver in April 2010, Mr. Himon was involved in an accident causing injury in Manhattan in October 2010.
  • In November 2010, Mr. Himon was fined for driving in a bus lane.
  • In October 2011, Mr. Himon was cited for a red light violation in Manhattan.

By the time he struck Ms. Green, Mr. Himon had committed approximately seven traffic violations in three years. The driving suspension he should have earned went unnoticed by licensing officials. 

For Ms. Green, it was a hospital, instead of a holiday. Despite the good actions of some, the negligence of another changed the course of her life. If you were injured because of the mistakes of others, speak to a skilled personal injury attorney in New York.

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