NEW YORK — A British tourist was hospitalized in serious condition Tuesday after a cab driver lost control, jumped a curb and struck the woman.
It happened near Sixth Avenue and West 49th Street outside Rockefeller Center.
The cabbie struck a bicyclist and at least one other person before trapping the tourist underneath his taxi, local station WPIX reported.
The impact severed the woman’s left leg below the knee.
Dozens of passersby came to the woman’s aid, including celebrity doctor, Mehmet Oz.
Dr. Oz was getting ready for a shoot when he and his team heard emergency vehicles rushing to the scene, according to Tim Sullivan, representative of the Dr. Oz show. Their offices are about a block away from the accident.
By the time he arrived at the crash scene paramedics were already assisting the injured tourist, according to Sullivan.
A good Samaritan walking by was able to use his belt as a tourniquet until paramedics arrived.
“David Justino, a plumber from New York, took action, removing his belt and using it as a tourniquet,” Oz said in a Facebook post. “My prayers are with the victim for a speedy recovery.” He posted a photo of himself and Justino on Facebook.
“A dog leash and a belt, two mundane things you wouldn’t think of, but they saved her life,” Dr. Oz said.
The woman, who was with a friend at the time of the accident, had just bought a hot dog and was sitting by a fountain eating it when she was hit, according to WPIX.
She was sent to Bellevue Hospital, where she was undergoing surgery to try to reattach her right leg, police said.
The bicyclist suffered minor injuries but refused treatment.