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'Devastated' father to fly to US
The "devastated" father of a British woman who had part of her leg severed by a New York taxi is flying out to America to keep a bedside vigil.
Sian Green has already undergone surgery after Tuesday's incident, with city police investigating whether or not her injuries were caused by road rage.
Speaking from outside his home in Leicester before boarding a flight to New York, Ms Green's father Jason told the Leicester Mercury: "She is in recovery now, and they have had to amputate what's left of her foot. We are a really close family 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."
Ms Green suffered the serious leg injury in the collision near the Rockefeller Centre on Sixth Avenue, midtown Manhattan, on Tuesday morning, the New York Police Department (NYPD) said.
Sergeant John Buthorn said: "The circumstances are still under investigation, whether it was some sort of rage or an accident. It looks like her leg or part of it was severed during the accident."
He said two other people - the driver and a cyclist involved in a collision which caused the taxi to veer on to the pavement - were treated for injuries. The driver has not been arrested or charged, the NYPD said. It is believed Ms Green had been in New York for just a few hours before she was injured.
A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: "We are aware of a traffic incident involving a British national in New York City. Staff at the British Consulate General in New York are providing consular assistance at this difficult time."
The Briton was said to be walking along the street with a friend eating a hot dog when the yellow taxi crashed into her. Passers-by helped to fasten a bandage around the woman's legs to stem the bleeding, while others collected ice from street vendors to pack the severed leg.
Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said Ms Green remains sedated.
Police said the taxi driver had been issued with a summons for being an unauthorised driver of the vehicle. They added that the incident remains under investigation and the driver could face other charges.