A British tourist visiting Rockefeller Center suffered horrific injuries on Tuesday, after a New York taxicab jumped a curb where she was standing and severed her foot.
Witnesses told the New York Daily News that it looked like the cab might have been swerving to avoid hitting a cyclist when it plowed onto the pavement. The woman, whose foot was completely severed, was sitting near a fountain eating a hot dog at the moment the cab collided with her. Passersby (including TV’s Dr. Oz) rushed to fasten makeshift tourniquets out of a dog leash and belt until paramedics arrived. Someone grabbed the lower half of her severed leg and put it in a bucket with ice.
If you want to read an insane account of the accident that focuses bizarrely on stupid minutae, you might check out this New York Post writeup, which is almost entirely devoted to describing the colorful cast of New York characters in and around the area at the time of the collision. After a brief mention of the “beautiful female British tourist,” whose leg was SEVERED BY A TAXICAB, the Post introduces us to Max Crespo, a humble pizza truck owner with a supermodel girlfriend; David Justino, “a union plumber” with a “Carhartt belt”; and the (beautiful) horrendously injured woman’s “best pal,” whose beauty was not formally assessed.
The kicker of the Post article references the accident only obliquely:
Crespo’s girlfriend, supermodel Heide Lindgren, was with him when the horror unfolded. She kissed him afterward.
It’s unknown whether surgeons at Bellevue hospital were able to successfully reattach the tourist’s leg.
Scene at 49th & 6th where cab jumped curb and hit people pic.twitter.com/uHtbfEuaJ8— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) August 20, 2013
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