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‘I wasn’t trying to be a hero’: plumber who saved tourist hit by cab

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David Justino, 44, was on a coffee break when he spotted the runaway cab hop a curb and cut down a British tourist, whose foot was severed in the wreck. The quick-thinking plumber used his belt as a tourniquet, which may have saved the woman’s life.

The quick-thinking plumber who likely saved a tourist’s life after she was cut down by a runaway cab in midtown said he wasn’t trying to be a hero.

David Justino, 44, returned Wednesday to his Sixth Ave. job site at W. 49th St., where a yellow cab hopped a curb and mowed down Siân Green, 23, as she ate a hotdog with a pal during the first day of their trip to the city.

“I just reacted,” Justino, a father of two from the Bronx, said. “I wasn’t trying to be a hero.”

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The construction worker said he was on a coffee break when he spotted the cab — driven by Faysal Kabir Mohammad Himon, 24 — going about 30 mph and heading toward the crowded corner.

Sian Green, a British tourist visiting New York City, was mowed down by a runaway taxi in midtown Manhattan on Tuesday. Her left foot was severed in the wreck.

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Sian Green, a British tourist visiting New York City, was mowed down by a runaway taxi in midtown Manhattan on Tuesday. Her left foot was severed in the wreck.

“I noticed people were moving fast, something was wrong,” Justino recalled. “I looked up. I saw the cab. I came over and I grabbed one girl. It just happened too fast. I couldn’t move the other bodies — I couldn’t get them out of the way.”

He said Green — who had just arrived to the city the night before from Leicester, England, with her pal, Keisha Warren — began to wail as soon as she was hit.

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“She was screaming bloody murder the whole time,” Justino said. “I wish she would have passed out, the poor thing.”

He said he pulled off his Carhartt belt and used it as a tourniquet once he saw Green’s left foot had been severed.

The cabbie was arguing with a bicyclist when he lost control of the yellow cab and hopped a curb, where he mowed down a British tourist.

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The cabbie was arguing with a bicyclist when he lost control of the yellow cab and hopped a curb, where he mowed down a British tourist.

But Justino took little notice of the chaotic scene as a food vendor ran for ice.

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“I was watching the girl,” Justino said. “I just couldn’t let go. Because as so as I let go a little bit, she started squirting blood back out. So I got really tight on it and said I’m not letting go until a doctor shows up.”

That’s when he heard a voice from television’s Dr. Oz.

“I felt more comfortable when I looked up and saw his face,” Justino said. “I said, ‘What should I do?’ and he said, ‘You’re doing it. You’re doing it.’”

Sian Green with her father, Jason Green, who is flying to New York to be with his daughter, who lost her left foot after she was hit by a runaway cab in midtown.

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Sian Green with her father, Jason Green, who is flying to New York to be with his daughter, who lost her left foot after she was hit by a runaway cab in midtown.

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The famed doctor later lauded Justino for his heroic effort, which may have saved Green’s life.

“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 at the scene. “It’s very smart thinking. A simple thing like a union plumber’s belt can save your life.”

Green’s father, Jason Green, said Wednesday that he would be flying to New York with his daughter’s boyfriend, William Lord.

“We are a really close family,” Green told reporters outside his Leicester home. “We are all devastated by what has happened…We don’t know what to say. We just want to be at our daughter’s side right now.”

Himon — who records show has nine points against his license for moving violations — was issued a summons for “unauthorized use,” a violation for not notifying the Taxi and Limousine Commission that he would be driving that particular cab.

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