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A New York taxi driver who hit a British tourist severing part of her leg has been released from police custody, according to the New York Daily News.
The driver, named locally as 24-year-old Faysal Kabir Mohammad Himon, was reportedly issued a summons for being an unauthorised driver before being set free.
He is quoted as telling reporters that "it was an accident" and that he is "in shock".
The newspaper also reports that he has a number of previous driving offences on his record, including one for running a red light and for speeding.
A 23-year-old British tourist has had her leg severed below the knee after being struck by a taxi outside the Rockefeller Center in New York, according to NBC News.
Witnesses said the woman is in a critical condition, with one leg severed below the knee and injuries to the other leg. The taxi is reported to have swerved off the road to avoid a cyclist.
David Justino, a plumber working nearby, described helping the woman after the crash, which took place between Sixth Avenue and 49th Street.
He said: "He hit the girl, she flew up in the air, her leg was severed right off... so I just grabbed my belt, went over, lifted her up, put it on, held it."