[Edmonton Journal] The cab driver who plowed into Green said that driving a New York City taxi is too stressful and told a newspaper that “I need more suitable job.”
Mohammed Faysal Himon told the New York Post the accident happened after he accelerated to get around a bicyclist who he says pounded on his car and yelled at him.
Himon said he didn’t remember much after accelerating until he saw Green’s leg by his cab.
This is just a sad story (if you haven’t seen the story, fill yourself in here), so I almost don’t want to harp on it. Almost. But isn’t it just about the least surprising thing of all time that this accident was basically caused by an asshole bicyclist who couldn’t just chill out for two seconds?
I’m not defending the cabbie here. He should definitely have his license taken away and never drive a cab again. But put yourself in his shoes for two seconds. You drive a cab in one of the most crowded cities in the world. You’ve got asshole passengers screaming at you all day. You’ve got asshole drivers cutting you off all day. Your nerves are frayed. You’re at your wits’ end. And now some crazy motherfucker in a spandex bodysuit is pounding on your car and screaming in your face. Isn’t it a LITTLE BIT understandable that he panicked?
Listen I’m not excusing the cabbie, I’m just saying that the bicyclist is pretty much equally responsible. Pounding on a cab window in New York City is basically the equivalent of shouting FIRE in a crowded theater. Nothing good is ever going to come of it. But try telling that to bicyclists. As usual, all they care about is themselves. Notice the story doesn’t say anything else about the bicyclist after the accident. 100% chance he just rode off. No need to help that poor woman, that’s someone else’s responsibility. Just like everything else in this world, right bicyclists?Follow @footstepsfaIco