Cab driver who sheared off British tourist’s leg is back behind the wheel

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BY JULIAN BROUWER

The rogue cab driver who sheared off a British woman’s leg in New York is back behind the wheel looking for fares.

Cabby Mohammed Faysal­-Himon (pictured top left) accidentally cut off the foot of British tourist Sian Green, 25, in a grisly incident at Rockefeller Center last August.

The Leicester beauty queen (pictured top right) later lost her leg below the knee.

Himon, whose licence was suspended for 30 days following the horror accident, had claimed he didn’t want to drive a cab anymore.

But the New York Post has revealed he has been back behind the wheel of a taxi for months.

Since Feb. 14, Himon, 24, has been driving a yellow cab out of 28th Street Management, a leasing agent operating out of a Tenth Avenue storefront in Manhattan, according to Taxi and Limousine Commission rec­ords.

“He has been driving regularly, uneventfully — thank God — and just doing what he has to do,” Himon’s lawyer, Cynthia Fisher, told The Post.

Himon was driving on Sixth Avenue on Aug. 20, 2013, when his cab jumped the curb and slammed into Sian, who was with a friend at West 49th Street.

The cab driver claimed he was cut off by cyclist Kenneth-­Olivo, 41, and lost control of his cab after he tried to zip ahead of the pedal pusher.

In addition to New York’s Taxi and Limousine commission suspending Himon’s license for 30 days, he was slapped with a summons for operating a cab he was not authorised to be driving.

However, because neither the Manhattan district attorney nor the New York Police Department filed criminal charges against Himon, the agency reinstated his license, which he claimed last Sept. 26.

The Post reveals that the TLC — which has vowed to take new steps to keep dangerous drivers off the road — asked Himon to voluntarily surrender his license, but he refused.

The Bangladesh native, who has been in the United States about five years, later admitted to The Post that he was a lousy drive.

Indeed, records show he accumulated three moving violations and nine points on his license in 2011, including citations for running a red light and driving 65 mph in a 45-mph zone.

Two of those points were ­removed after he took a defensive-driving class, and his record has been clean since resuming his job, records show.

Since the accident, Himon has taken another defensive-driving course, revealed Fisher, his lawyer.

“Driving in the city is so dangerous,” Himon said followi g the crash, adding that he hoped to find a more “suitable” job. “I don’t want to drive a taxi. I want to study medicine to help people.”

But for now, he is apparently sticking with the taxi gig.

“He brought his family over here. Right now he’s trying to maintain them until he figures out what his next move is going to be,” Fisher said. “I don’t think he’s really made up his mind yet.”

Himon briefly worked for ­Arthur Cab in Queens, New York, after the accident — but was quickly fired after the company discovered he had lied during a job interview.

Meanwhile, back home in Leicester, Sian is pursuing a £27 million civil case against Himon and the City (of New York.)

“Back at home in Leicester at the end of September, the reality of being an amputee hit me,” she wrote last week in The Sun, recalling “terrifying flashbacks.”

“I had to use crutches or a wheelchair to get around, and I couldn’t drive my car anymore. I had no independence, and I found that very hard.

“The darkest time was finding that the taxi driver wouldn’t face criminal charges.

“I have to live with the consequences of his actions for the rest of my life, so why shouldn’t he be punished?”

Julian Brouwer can be reached at julian.brouwer@manhattannews.co.uk

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