British woman's foot severed: victim of New York road rage
Witnesses describe ‘road rage duel’ with cyclist before taxi driver loses control at Rockefeller Centre
A BRITISH woman who had her foot severed yesterday when a New York taxi ploughed into her outside the Rockefeller Centre is thought to have been the victim of road rage.
Sian Green, 23, from Leicester, was eating a hot-dog with a friend on Tuesday morning when the taxi mounted the kerb in midtown Manhattan and crashed into her. Witnesses heard her screaming as people around her shouted for someone to call 911.
"It was a terrible scene," said Mohamed Elsayed, 34, who had just sold her the hot-dog. He told the Daily Telegraph: "She was thrown into the bushes. She was screaming. Most of her leg was just there on the sidewalk, underneath the cab. We did all we could to help."
Elsayed said he ran over with ice and a bucket. "We put the foot in the bucket. There was a lot of blood," he said.
American television personality Dr Mehmet Oz was among the people who rushed to help the woman. He praised a local plumber, David Justino, for saving her life.
Justino explained to NBC how he removed his belt and made a tourniquet for the woman's leg before paramedics arrived. "[The taxi driver] hit the girl, she flew up in the air, her leg was severed right off ... so I just grabbed my belt, went over, lifted her up, put it on, held it," he said.
Green, who was on holiday in the city, was taken by ambulance to New York's Bellevue hospital, where she is still being treated while police investigate the cause of the crash.
The New York Post claims the taxi driver, Faysal Kabir Mohammad Himon, was dueling with a cyclist who had cut him off a few minutes earlier.
The cyclist reportedly hammered on the back of the taxi. As Himon turned around to look at him, the theory goes, he hit the accelerator instead of the brake.
The victim's father, Jason Green, was preparing to fly to New York today. ·