No charges for New York taxi driver who ploughed into British tourist
The family of Sian Green, a British tourist who lost her leg after a New York taxi mounted the kerb and ploughed into her, are said to be "shocked" that the driver will not be facing criminal charges.
Sian Green was visiting New York earlier this year when a cab lost control and slammed into her, severing her foot, outside the Rockefeller Center on August 20.
Since then, charges against cabbie Faysal Himon have been dropped as prosecutors claim there is not enough evidence to charge Hilmon with a crime.
The Daily Mail reported that attorney Daniel Marchese stated: "The Green Family is shocked by this news, and disappointed."
The statement went on to say: "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."
According to Sky News, Hilmon was ticketed by the New York Police department for being unauthorised to drive the vehicle, but has otherwise faced no other sanction following the accident in Manhattan.
Hilmon maintained throughout the ordeal that he had been distracted by a cyclist who had banged on the rear of his cab moments prior to the accident. The distraction caused him to accelerate and hit Ms Green who had been on the pavement at the time.
Mr Marchese said the assistant district attorney had, "indicated that failure to charge was due to lack of evidence regarding the taxi cab driver's intent during the investigation phase".