Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Cabbie Is Spared Jail over Fall Injuries; Passenger Left Severely Disabled after Fall from Taxi

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Cabbie Is Spared Jail over Fall Injuries; Passenger Left Severely Disabled after Fall from Taxi

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Byline: SOPHIE DOUGHTY

CABBIE Amran Hussain whose driving left a passenger seriously injured has kept his freedom.

Gary McConnell is today preparing for yet more surgery after a fall from Hussain's taxi left his life in ruins.

The fun-loving 23-year-old suffered devastating head injuries when he fell onto the road after Hussain drove off as he tried to get out the cab.

The driver was facing a charge of dangerous driving - and a potential prison term when he went to Newcastle Crown Court for trial this week.

But his 11th-hour plea to the lesser charge of careless driving was accepted and Hussain was instead fined just pounds 160 for pulling away in his hackney cab before Gary was safely out.

But today as the 29-year-old fatherof-four from Coast Road, Heaton, gets on with his life, Gary, from Wallsend is still battling to recover from the dreadful injuries, which almost cost him his life.

"Gary said he was determined to fight back to health.

"I felt normal after waking up in hospital some weeks after my accident, and didn't realise the extent of my injuries or surgery I had undergone to save my life," he said "It is still hard for me to come to terms with and I have had to relearn how to talk and live without the use of my right arm and leg. I am 100% determined to regain the use of my arm and leg and get back to my life before the accident." It is for me to and I to to talk without use of arm It was during the early hours of Saturday, June 26, last year that Gary and his pal Ryan Mole hailed Hussain's Fiat cab on Collingwood Street in Newcastle, at the end of a night out.

They set off for their homes in North Tyneside and were nearing Wallsend when they realised they had no cash to settle the fare.

Hussain turned his taxi round and told them he was taking them back to the city centre, the court heard.

But Mr Mole was sick in the back seat, said Katherine Dunn, prosecuting.

And although he got out of the taxi safely when it stopped, on Jesmond Road, Gary was still half inside as Hussain suddenly pulled away. At that stage the defendant was very angry," Miss Dunn said. …

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