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British tourist who lost leg in 2013 taxi crash ends legal battle with only $150,000 settlement

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A British tourist who lost her leg below the knee after being struck by an out-of-control taxi cab has finally dropped a lawsuit — and all she got was $150,000.

The gruesome Aug. 2013 crash in Midtown grabbed national headlines: Then-23-year-old Sian Green was on the first day of a vacation in the Big Apple when a bike messenger and a cabbie allegedly got into a dispute on Sixth Ave., leading the taxi to crash onto the sidewalk at 49th St.

Green was eating a hot dog with a friend when the cab smashed into her, coming to a stop on the ledge of a fountain. Quick-thinking bystanders, including a hero plumber and TV’s Dr. Mehmet Oz, likely saved Green’s life by slowing the bleeding.

She sued for $27.5 million.
Green’s attorney, Dan Marchese, said the amount she’d received for her injuries suffered over five years ago was “horrible.”

“This is a really horrific story,” he said.

Green formally discontinued her suit last month — but didn’t let the legal struggle get her down, Marchese said. She got married two years ago, is happily living in Leicester and recently gave birth to a baby girl. Videos she posted to social media show her modeling bikinis in Italy, working out and mastering yoga postures while using a prosthetic leg. She also started a charitable foundation for amputees.

“Of course Sian and her family aren’t happy but I have to say she is really surprisingly upbeat,” Marchese said. “She’s a very strong person.”
The sorry settlement of $150,000 was paid by Shoe Taxi Corp., which owned the cab.

“The medallion is worth nothing,” Marchese said, citing the economic impact of ride-share companies like Uber and Lyft.

“A judgment against the company is almost futile. We decided to end the lawsuit against the taxi company because we would have had to spend a lot of money to prove the case.”

Calls to attorneys for Shoe Taxi Corp. were not returned.

Green suffered a significant legal defeat when a mid-level appeals court ruled she couldn’t pursue claims against the city for failing to suspend the cabbie’s license prior to the crash. Driver Faysal Kabir Mohammad Himon, was not criminally charged.

Marchese said Green’s civil suit isn’t entirely over, despite court records to the contrary. He planned to pursue an appeal to the state’s highest court, arguing that the landowner where the crash occurred was liable.

He praised Green’s attitude and said he’d declined to take any attorney’s fees from the settlement.

“She has never been a ‘poor me’ type of plaintiff,” he said.

Source: https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/ny-metro-cab-settlement-20190201-story.html

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9-year-old genius to graduate university

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(CNN) – A child prodigy from Belgium is on course to gain a bachelor’s degree at the tender age of 9.

Laurent Simons is studying electrical engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE) — a tough course even for students of an average graduate age.

Described by staff as “simply extraordinary,” Laurent is on course to finish his degree in December.

He then plans to embark on a PhD program in electrical engineering while also studying for a medicine degree, his father told CNN.

His parents, Lydia and Alexander Simons, said they thought Laurent’s grandparents were exaggerating when they said he had a gift, but his teachers soon concurred.

“They noticed something very special about Laurent,” said Lydia.

Laurent was given test after test as teachers tried to work out the extent of his talents. “They told us he is like a sponge,” said Alexander.

While Laurent comes from a family of doctors, his parents have so far not received any explanation as to why their child prodigy is capable of learning so quickly.

But Lydia has her own theory.

“I ate a lot of fish during the pregnancy,” she joked.

The TUE has allowed Laurent to complete his course faster than other students.

“That is not unusual,” said Sjoerd Hulshof, education director of the TUE bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, in a statement.

“Special students that have good reasons for doing so can arrange an adjusted schedule. In much the same way we help students who participate in top sport.”

Hulshof said Laurent is “simply extraordinary” and praised the youngster.

“Laurent is the fastest student we have ever had here,” he said. “Not only is he hyper intelligent but also a very sympathetic boy.”

Laurent told CNN his favorite subject is electrical engineering and he’s also “going to study a bit of medicine.”

His progress has not gone unnoticed and he is already being sought out by prestigious universities around the world, although Laurent’s family wouldn’t be drawn on naming which of them he is considering for his PhD.

“The absorption of information is no problem for Laurent,” said his father.

“I think the focus will be on research and applying the knowledge to discover new things.”

While Laurent is evidently able to learn faster than most, his parents are being careful to let him enjoy himself too.

“We don’t want him to get too serious. He does whatever he likes,” said Alexander. “We need to find a balance between being a child and his talents.”

Laurent said he enjoys playing with his dog Sammy and playing on his phone, like many young people.

However, unlike most 9-year-olds, he has already worked out what he wants to do with his life: develop artificial organs.

In the meantime, Laurent has to finish his bachelor’s degree and choose which academic institution will play host to the next stage in his remarkable journey.

Before that, he plans on taking a vacation to Japan for an undoubtedly well-deserved break.

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Gang members slam BMW into rival and his 8-year-old son in Harlem

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Two gangbangers aimed their BMW like a missile at a father and his 8-year-old son on a Harlem sidewalk in a horrifying incident captured by video distributed by police Thursday.

The BMW — driven by a man police believe is a member of the Gorilla Stone Bloods Gang — was zeroed in on the father, a rival gang member, said cops.

Around 3:45 p.m. Nov. 6, the boy and his father were walking on W. 112th St. by Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. when the BMW jumped the sidewalk and slammed into them both, said cops.

Father and son were both knocked through a gate.

The BMW driver then backed up — and its driver and passenger, also believed to be a gang member, jumped out of the car and ran toward the father and the son.

One of the attackers slashed the father, identified by sources as 32-year-old Brian McIntosh, who’s served prison time for robbery and bail jumping.

McIntosh and his son went to Harlem Hospital. Miraculously, the boy escaped serious harm.

McIntosh was so adamant about refusing to help police catch his attackers that the young boy’s mother had to file a police report alleging he was the victim of a crime, police sources said.

Cops released video of the attack, and ask anyone with information about the suspects to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.

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