Family of British tourist hit by NYC cab 'shocked' no charges brought

Peter Kramer / Today
In a statement released by her attorney, Sian Green is "incredibly dismayed" that prosecutors decided not to bring criminal charges against the cab driver who drove into her on a Manhattan sidewalk, resulting in her left leg being amputated.

The family of a British tourist who lost her left leg when a taxi driver slammed into her on a Manhattan sidewalk during the summer was “shocked and disappointed” on Thursday when it was announced that prosecutors would not pursue criminal charges against the driver.

The attorney for Sian Green released a statement Thursday saying he was informed by the New York City district attorney investigating the case that prosecutors will not press charges against 24-year-old cab driver Faysal Himon.

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“The Green family is shocked by this news, and disappointed,’’ attorney Daniel Marchese said in a statement. "The assistant district attorney will not release a formal statement, but indicated that failure to charge was due to lack of evidence regarding the taxi cab driver’s intent during the investigation phase.”

On Aug. 20, Green, 23, and her friend, Keshia Warren, were shopping in Manhattan on the second day of their vacation from their home in England when Himon lost control of his cab, went up on the sidewalk, and struck Green on 49th and Sixth Avenue. Green’s left foot was severed in the collision, and several people on the scene immediately rushed to help. Green was rushed to Bellevue Hospital, where doctors amputated her left leg below the knee and treated multiple deep lacerations on her right leg. Her doctors expect her right leg to regain most functionality.

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“Despite this news, Sian continues to improve both physically and mentally since her return to the United Kingdom,’’ the statement released by Green's attorney read. “While she is incredibly dismayed by this decision, she does not let it affect her positive spirit, unbelievable strength and incredible poise, which she demonstrated to the world throughout this ordeal.”

Marchese added that he believes the collision was a “negligent act of calculated recklessness” and that he will continue to pursue legal action.