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A 23-year old British woman was struck by a cab as she sat on a stone planter on Sixth Avenue and 49th street. The crash severed the woman’s left foot and severely mangled her right leg. Plumber Dave Justino and Max Crespo saved the woman’s life by using a belt and dog leash to apply tourniquet’s to her legs. TV Doctor Mehmet Oz who saw the crash from his window at NBC, also ran to the scene to help to the woman. Witnesses say the woman’s leg was severed below her knee. Max Crespo who owns a pizza truck down the street, preserved her limb in an ice cooler. The woman was rushed to Bellevue Hospital.
The incident took place around 11 am. A bicyclist was riding up Sixth Avenue alongside the cab when the taxi tried to make a left on 49th street. The cyclist, who was also struck by the taxi, landed on its roof and then hit the sidewalk. He suffered minor injuries to his right knee. Police are questioning the unidentified cab driver.