A Taxi plowed into a crowd gathered outside of a Gaslamp nightclub injured at least 23 early Saturday morning, including at least one serious injury of a young woman’s leg. News 8 San Diegoreports that police are evaluating witness statements to determine exactly what happened outside of the Stingaree nightclub at about 1:54 a.m Saturday morning. What is not disputed is that an Emerald cab driver, Sam Hassan Daly, appeared to slowly drift into the crowd of people who gathered outside of the club as it was closing. Witnesses report that the cab driver appeared to be “out of it,” but police have indicated that they do not believe alcohol played a factor. It appears the driver may have fallen asleep.
The injured included a woman who suffered major injuries to her leg when she was pinned against the building wall. A number of broken bones were also reported. Reports indicate six people were hospitalized. A former Marine was instrumental in limiting the damage to the woman pinned against the wall, as he applied a tourniquet that prevented greater damage.
No charges have yet been filed against the cab driver. Police are continuing their investigation.