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Twenty-five injured when San Diego cabbie drives into crowd in Gaslamp District

February 12, 2011 |  7:02 am


Twenty-five persons were injured, including a young woman who had her leg severed, when a cabdriver drove onto a sidewalk and smashed into a crowd in San Diego's Gaslamp District entertainment zone early Saturday, police said.

Twenty-three were taken to hospitals, six reportedly in critical condition. The cabdriver was pulled from his vehicle by the crowd and beaten, suffering a broken nose, police said.

The incident occured about 2 a.m. at  6th and Island avenues, in the heart of the restaurant and nightclub zone, close to the San Diego Convention Center. The cab crashed into a crowd outside the Stingaree nightclub, which was closing, police said.

More than 50 firefighters, paramedics and police responded. A dozen ambulances transported the injured to eight hospitals.

The police said the cabdriver did not appear to be drunk and no explanation for his action was offered. He was described as between 40 and 50 years old and driving an Emerald cab.

The cabdriver was taken to the hospital by police. The cab was going about 15mph, according to Maurice Luque, spokesman for the San Diego Fire Dept.

San Diego police are continuing to investigate. Anyone with information is asked to call San Diego Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

-- Tony Perry in San Diego

Photo: Cab that crashed into crowd in San Diego's Gaslamp District. Credit: Maurice Luque / San Diego Fire Department