NEW YORK (PIX11) – The taxi driver involved in a gruesome accident that resulted in a young British woman losing her leg may still face charges, NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly said Wednesday.
Officers are still trying to put together the circumstances of the crash, including how fast the driver was going before he jumped a curb near Rockefeller Center, striking a bicyclist before maiming the young woman, 23-year-old Sian Green.
“Obviously the young woman is still in the hospital, the investigation is going forward. These collisions and accidents take some time to reconstruct so that,” Kelly said.
After a witnesses including celebrity Dr. Oz, a p.umber and a food cart vendor tried to staunch the bleeding and save Green’s foot by packing it with ice, but doctors were unable to attach it at the hospital. Her left leg was amputated below the knee.
“In terms of her spirits, I’m not certain I think she’s still under sedation,” Kelly said. “There are some relatives here in New York and New Jersey who are at the hospital with her.”
Relatives from Green’s hometown in Leicester, England, are flying in this evening to be with her.
It is unclear whether or not her right foot, which was also badly injured, will need to be amputated.
“A summons has been issued to the cab driver, but it certainly isn’t closed,” Kelly said, as officers continue to gather video that would give them a better idea of what, if any criminality on the part of the driver was committed.
According to the Taxi and Limousine Commission, the driver, Faysal Kabir Mohammad Himon, has been issued a summons for “unauthorized use” for not notifying the commission that he would be driving the car that day. His only past infractions include cutting a taxi stand line and one for a stationary traffic violation.
He has been driving a cab since 2010.