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Cause of San Diego taxicab crash still unknown

February 14, 2011 |  3:18 pm

San Diego police were still trying to determine Monday what caused a taxicab to strike a group of pedestrians outside a Gaslamp district nightspot early Saturday.

Police were investigating whether the cab driver, Sam Hassan Daly, 52, fell asleep or blacked out. Daly was pulled from the cab and beaten by the crowd after the early morning crash. He suffered a broken nose either in the crash or from the beating.

In all, 35 people were injured in the crash or melee that followed, police said. All but one have been released from the hospital.

The only victim still hospitalized Monday was a 45-year-old woman whose leg was severed below the knee. Surgeons at UC San Diego Medical Center have reattached the leg, police said Monday.

A 45-year-old man suffered a broken leg in the collision. The other victims sustained scrapes and bruises.

Anyone who witnessed the incident outside the Stingaree nightspot is asked to call the San Diego Police Department at (858) 495-7800 or San Diego Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.


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