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Sian Green: British tourist hit by New York taxi cab sues NYC for $27.5 million

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Sian Green, the British tourist who lost her leg after being run over by a taxi cab in Manhattan this summer is suing New York City for $27.5 million. Sian Green and her lawyer are basing the law suit on the fact that the taxi cab driver, Faysal Himon, should have had his license suspended before the day of the accident, but that the Taxi & Limousine Commission failed to do so because of a “computer glitch.” According to a Dec. 13, 2013, Today News report, “last month, New York City prosecutors announced they would not be pressing charges against 24-year-old cab driver Faysal Himon following a two-month investigation.”

New York City prosecutors determined that they found no criminal liability after multiple interviews and a thorough probe.

On Aug. 20, British tourist 24-year-old Sian Green and her friend Keshia Warren were shopping in Manhattan on the second day of their vacation from their home in England.

While eating a hot dog on the sidewalk of 49th and Sixth Avenue, Sian Green was hit by the taxi driver who had lost control and went up onto the sidewalk.

"The Bangladeshi immigrant cabbie crashed with bike messenger Kenneth Olivo before careening onto the sidewalk and slamming into Green as she munched a hot dog."

Sian Green’s left foot was severely severed in the accident and doctors at Bellevue Hospital had to amputate her left leg below the knee. Sian Green was also treated for treated multiple deep lacerations on her right leg.

The taxi driver who changed Sian Green’s life forever, was involved in a crash in 2010 that caused injuries to one person and in 2011 he had been ticketed for running a red light, speeding and an improper turn. According to Sian Green’s lawyer, cab driver Faysal Himon had seven points on his license for motor vehicle violations — enough to trigger an automatic hack license suspension.

“The Taxi & Limousine commission has admitted that 4,500 cab drivers with more than six violations within 15 months were allowed to keep driving over the last four years because of a computer glitch.”

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