Siân Green had only been in New York for one day when a taxi mowed her down near Rockefeller Center.
The heartbroken family of the beautiful British tourist badly hurt by an out-of-control cab flew to New York City on Wednesday to be by her side.
Siân Green’s left foot was severed in the horrific wreck and her right foot was mangled.
“She is in recovery now, and they have had to amputate what’s left of her foot,” her distraught dad Jason said before departing from the family home in Leicester.
Green’s friend Keshia Warren, who barely escaped the accident that crippled her friend, “is still in shock,” Jason Green said.
“We are a really close family. We are all devastated by what has happened. We don’t know what to say,” he added. “We just want to be at our daughter’s side right now.”
Also en route was Green’s boyfriend, William Lord, who has already spoken to her by phone, his dad said.
“Siân is as upbeat as you can be about this, she is determined to not let this ruin her life,” said the dad, who declined to give his name. “It’s such a tragic thing for a young couple who have just moved in together. William is packing to get the next flight out there to be at her side.”
Meanwhile, Warren was in almost constant contact with Green, who was being treated at Bellevue Hospital.
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Siân Green’s father, Jason, said the whole family is devastated by the accident. ‘We just want to be at our daughter’s side right now,’ he said.
Over at the intersection of Sixth Ave. and 49th St., where the 23-year-old woman’s life was changed forever, there was no sign of Tuesday’s horrors.
Tourists sat contentedly on the same fountain ledge where Green had been struck, seemingly unaware of the tragedy that occurred there just a day earlier.
David Justino, the union plumber who helped save Green’s life by using his Carhartt tool belt as a tourniquet, was also back at work at a nearby Duane Reade a day after his heroics.
Green and Warren arrived in New York City on Monday for a long-anticipated dream vacation. The pals – who sport matching tattoos on their arms that read “les amis,” French for “friends” – were so excited that Green posted a countdown clock on Instagram about a month ago.
But on Tuesday, when the clock struck 11:20 a.m., their trip turned into a nightmare.
They had just purchased hot dogs at Sixth Ave. and 49th St. and were digging into their snack when a cabbie who had been arguing with a bicyclist lost control of his taxi and mowed her down, police said.
In a few sickening seconds, Green’s left foot was lopped off in front of hundreds of horrified onlookers.
A trio of Good Samaritans that included Justino, a food vendor and television’s Dr. Oz quickly sprang into action.
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Dr. Oz, in the T-shirt, works amid EMTs to assist the 23-year-old whose legs were mangled by the crash.
“The real hero of the day is plumber Dave, just an average Joe, an average Dave, just walking along the street, but he saved her life,” said Dr. Mehmet Oz, whose T-shirt and jeans were spattered with blood. “It’s very smart thinking. A simple thing like a union plumber’s belt can save your life.”
Justino told reporters he was awed by Green’s guts.
“Her left leg was severed off, the other was mangled,” he said. “She was conscious the whole time, the poor thing. I wished she would have passed out.”
Green’s severed, sandal-clad foot was recovered at the scene and doctors at Bellevue tried in vain to reattach it. At least two other people were also being treated at area hospitals for less serious injuries.
Warren was stunned by what happened but was otherwise unharmed.
Faysal Kabir Mohammad Himon, a 24-year-old cabbie with a checkered driving history, was issued a summons for “unauthorized use.” That is an administrative violation for not submitting a form notifying the Taxi and Limousine Commission that he would be driving that particular cab.
Then Himon was released.
Himon blamed the accident on an angry bicyclist who he says was banging on the hood of the cab before he lost control.
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Green’s friend Keshia Warren is still in shock, Green’s father says.
“I’m not sure what happened next,” Himon told The Daily News. “I was up on the curb.”
But the cabbie was also remorseful.
“I feel really bad about the lady,” said Himon, a married Bangladeshi immigrant who has been driving a cab since 2010. “I didn’t realize she was underneath my car. I’ll never forget her, and I’ll never forgive myself.”
Meanwhile, bike messenger Kenneth Olivo gave a conflicting account of the crash. He insisted Himon caused the catastrophe by striking him, then careening out of control.
“I told him to stop because I’m trying to go forward and people are crossing,” said Olivo, 40, sporting a bandage on his thigh. “He loses his patience. He gets angry. He accelerates. Hits me.”
Olivo told reporters he was heading north on Sixth Ave. and so was the cab. He was pedaling to the right of the cab when it cut him off and the driver laid into the horn, he said.
Suddenly, Olivo said, “I’m on the roof of a car like in a Steven Seagal movie, okay. And I’m on the sidewalk. I’m like this looking up at the sky.”
Mohammed Elsayed, who operates a food stand on the corner, said he had just sold Green and Warren hot dogs with ketchup and mustard.
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Emergency personnel respond to 49th St. and Sixth St. after the cab driven by Faysal Kabir Mohammad Himon jumps the curb.
Then, out of the blue, the cab smashed into Green.
“I ran with ice and a bucket,” Elsayed said. “We put the foot in the bucket. There was a lot of blood.”
Elsayed said the woman was too stunned to scream.
“She was awake, but she couldn’t talk,” he said.
Justino, who was working at a nearby Duane Reade and on his coffee break, said his first aid training kicked in the minute the victim “flew up in the air.”
The hero plumber said he could tell the girl was badly hurt.
“From the shin down, it was gone,” he said. “It was too much blood.”
Oz, who has an office in the area, said he heard the commotion and ran over to help.
“I applaud the quick thinking and heroic actions of David and the first responders,” he wrote on his Facebook page.
With Rich Schapiro, Joe Stepansky, Richard Ashmore and Beth Kavanagh