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Taxi license suspended for driver in San Diego crash

February 18, 2011 |  2:40 pm

Cab3 The San Diego County Sheriff's Department has suspended the taxi license of a driver whose taxi crashed into a crowd in San Diego's Gaslamp district last weekend, injuring dozens.

The driver, Sam Hassan Daly, 52, has held a taxi license for seven years. He suffered a broken nose either from the crash or a beating from pedestrians.

The license was suspended while the San Diego Police Department continues to investigate the cause of the crash outside the Stingaree nightspot. Among two possibilities being probed are that Daly either fell asleep or blacked out, according to police.

Of the more than three dozen pedestrians hurt in the crash and the melee that followed, one person remains in the hospital: a woman whose leg was severed. Surgeons have reattached the leg but additional surgeries will be required.

Daly's license was suspended, officials said, under a provision in the licensing code that says "when in the opinion of the licensing officer, there is a clear and immediate threat to the safety and protection of the public ... the issuing officer may suspend or revoke the license without a hearing."


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Photo: An Emerald Cab smashed, at low speed, into a crowd outside the Stingaree nighspot in San Diego's Gaslamp district.

Crediit: Maurice Luque / San Diego Fire Department