The New York taxi driver who ploughed into British tourist Sian Green, 23, has said he “doesn’t want to drive a cab anymore”.
Mohammed Faysal Himon, who was not licensed to drive the vehicle, hit Green from Leicester on Tuesday, severing her leg after he rode the curb during an altercation with a bike rider in Midtown, Manhattan.
Speaking to the New York Post, Himon admitted he “needed a more suitable job,” adding: “there’s too much stress when you drive in the city."
According to NYPD Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, the driver could yet face felony charges. He said: The investigation is going forward… collisions, accident investigations, take some time. It takes some time to do that and reconstruct the scene.”
The accident occurred after Himon, originally from Bangladesh, was allegedly blocked by bike messenger Kenneth Olivio.
He was in my way and I got upset,” Himon told the Post. According to the driver, he sounded his horn indicating that he wanted to pass the bike. Olivio responded by “pounding” on the taxi.
“It was becoming a bad situation, so I accelerated to get in front of him,” said Himon. At that point, he mounted the curb and hit the unsuspecting British woman.
Speaking on Thursday, Green has said she will not let the horrific injury define her.
Phoning her boyfriend, William Lord, from hospital, Sian told him: "I will not let this ruin my life," The Sun reported.
Her boyfriend has now flown back from holiday in Ibiza and is on his way to New York to comfort his injured girlfriend.
His father William Donaghue told the Daily Mail: "Sian is as upbeat as you can be about this, she is determined to not let this ruin her life."
As her distraught family frantically arrived at her bedside at New York's Bellevue Hospital, they revealed Sian still faces having more of her injured leg amputated.
Her devastated father Jason yesterday said the Hugo Boss worker will have to have what is left of her foot removed.