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Victim suing city and driver for £16m

A New York cab driver who blamed a cyclist for distracting him after he mounted a kerb and hit a British tourist, causing her to lose her leg, is driving a cab again.

In August last year driver Mohammed Himon, 24, hit 40-year-old bike courier Kenneth Olivo before mounting the pavement outside Rockefeller Plaza and ploughing into British tourist Sian Green, 23 who was sitting on a wall eating a hot dog at the time.

The impact severed Green’s left foot and she was saved from potentially bleeding to death by bystanders who used improvised tourniquets to treat the wound. The damage was too severe for surgeons to be able to reattach her foot.

Himon blamed Olivo for the crash, claiming the cyclist had caused him to panic and lose control of his vehicle when he banged on the car. Olivo said he had been trying to get the driver’s attention as Himon was turning into him.

No charges were brought against Himon, though New York’s Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) suspended his licence for 30 days. In light of this and his previous driving violations, the TLC asked Himon to voluntarily surrender his license, but he declined.

After the crash that cost Green her leg, Himon said he wanted to try and find another line of work.

“Driving in the city is so dangerous,” he said. “I don’t want to drive a taxi. I want to study medicine to help people.”

However, he has returned to driving while he decides what he wants to do, said his lawyer, Cynthia Fisher

“He has been driving regularly, uneventfully — thank God — and just doing what he has to do,” she told the New York Post.

“He brought his family over here. Right now he’s trying to maintain them until he figures out what his next move is going to be,” she added. “I don’t think he’s really made up his mind yet.”

Himon’s first move after getting his licence back was to lie about his driving in order to get a job. He was fired from Arthur cab after his past came out.

“I asked if he had any accidents. He said no. He drove here two days,” a manager at Arthur Cab told the Post. “The TLC called and asked if he was working for us, and then they told me.”

Meanwhile Green is suing Himon and the city of New York for $27.5 million (£16.4 million), claiming that Himon’s licence should have been suspended before the crash because he had previous infractions for speeding and running a red light, and in 2010 was involved in another crash in which a person was injured.

Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.

Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.

Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.

The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.

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jasecd [443 posts] 3 years ago
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Much like in this country it seems that there is no crime so bad that you lose your driving licence.

How on earth were no charges bought against him? A woman has lost her foot!

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Saratoga [43 posts] 3 years ago
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Presumably driving in NY is thought of as an absolute right and not a privilege earned, just as many in the UK see it.

Anyone who can panic and lose control of their vehicle should not be driving at all; they are a danger to all other road users and it's only good luck that they haven't killed someone yet.

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brooksby [2296 posts] 3 years ago
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In light of this and his previous driving violations, the TLC asked Himon to voluntarily surrender his license, but he declined.

I'm sorry, but is that a joke? An "accident" like this happens, and he is asked to voluntarily surrender his licence? Surely it should have beenm taken away pending a re-test or something???

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userfriendly [610 posts] 3 years ago
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However, he has returned to driving because he was simply lying in order to look like a victim himself, was what his lawyer, Cynthia Fisher, didn't say.

FTFY.

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FluffyKittenofT... [1609 posts] 3 years ago
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Cyclists really should stop being so irresponsible as to get themselves hit by drivers, given the way the poor drivers then understandably freak out and have to crash into someone else in order to calm down.

"there are too many bicycle people on the road"

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congokid [314 posts] 3 years ago
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You think you've heard all the self-serving, self-pitying crap that drivers come out with to justify their dangerous driving and appalling lack of regard for other road users, and then this comes along...

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nowasps [520 posts] 3 years ago
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The woman isn't suing them for anything like enough.