New York – A cabbie feuding with a bike messenger stepped on the gas and jumped the curb outside Rockefeller Center this morning, severing at least one foot of a female British tourist as horrified witnesses – including the well known Dr. Oz – rushed to help, officials and witnesses said.
“The hood of his car was so close to me, I could touch it. I told him to stop, he gets angry, he honks his horn, and he accelerates, and that’s it – I’m on the hood of the car, and the woman is under his car,” said the cyclist, who refused to give his name.
The yellow taxi plowed into Sian Green, 22, who had arrived from England with her best friend last night, around 11:20 a.m. in front of a fountain at Sixth Avenue and 49th Street, witnesses and cops said.
Green had just bought a hot dog at the corner of Sixth and 50th Street and was walking south down Sixth with her pal eating it when she was hit, witnesses said.
Her left foot – completely severed below the shin – went flying in the air, witnesses said. Part of her right leg was dangling by just its skin.
A nearby pizza-truck owner, Max Crespo, said he grabbed the severed limb, put it in a bucket and ran around collecting ice from street vendors to throw on top of it.
The hot-dog vendor who had just sold the woman her food rushed down the street with a cooler full of ice to help.
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