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New York taxi driver blames bike for crash that injured tourist

New York taxi drivers have a reputation for being aggressive and fast. They can be dangerous pedestrians. After one recent taxi-pedestrian accident, however, the taxi driver is blaming the accident on another fixture of New York City street – a bike messenger.

The taxi driver was on Sixth Avenue near Radio City Music at the time of the accident. He said a hostile bike messenger caused his cab to jump the curb, crashing into a 23-year-old woman visiting New York. He says he did not see the bike messenger until the messenger banged on his car.

The pedestrian received serious injuries to her legs and was rushed to surgery at a hospital. Surgeons there were unable to save her left foot, which had to be amputated.

The taxi driver was licensed by the Taxi and License Commission, which may suspend his license. He is not facing criminal charges, but he did receive a ticket for not being authorized to drive the vehicle he was in.

The president of the union that represents taxi drivers has called for more regulations on bike messengers as a result of the accident. He says bike riders should be required to be licensed, register their bikes and carry insurance.

On the other hand, a New York bike advocacy group blames the taxi driver for the accident. It also opposes new regulations on bike messengers until the investigation is complete.

Earlier, the police commissioner had said the investigation was continuing, and that the city planned to use technicians to reconstruct the scene. No matter whether the taxi driver, bike messenger or both were to blame, one thing is clear: The injured woman faces a long, expensive rehabilitation for her injuries.

Source: CBS New York, “Taxi Driver Advocate: Bike Messenger To Blame For Shocking Accident,” Aug. 24, 2013

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