From AP, Feb. 12:
Taxi plows into crowd in San Diego
SAN DIEGO — A taxi cab driver plowed slowly into a crowd on a sidewalk in San Diego’s busy Gaslamp District early Saturday, injuring more than two dozen people, police said. The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that the crash occurred about 2 AM in the middle of the popular restaurant and nightclub zone, close to the city’s convention center.
The newspaper reported that 25 people were injured. Officials told The Associated Press early Saturday that all but two were taken to area hospitals. Their conditions were not immediately available.
One young woman reportedly was pinned against a wall by the cab and had her leg severed.
Officer Michael Stirk said security guards from a nearby nightclub detained the driver, who then was transported to a hospital with a broken nose. He said the driver, who is between 40 and 50 years old, either fell asleep or passed out. Alcohol was not involved, he said. Police Lt. Todd Jarvis told the Union-Tribune that officials are investigating why the driver drove onto the sidewalk. The cab was traveling slowly, around 15 mph, and the crash did not appear to be intentional, authorities said.
Authorities had no immediate plans to arrest the driver.