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Did Behind-The-Wheel Stress Play A Role In Midtown Accident?

NEW YORK(CBSNewYork) -- The driver of a cab that jumped a curb and hit a British tourist apologized Friday.

Mohammed Himon said that he isn't a bad driver and that obstacles and other challenges played a part in the wild accident.

On Friday night CBS 2's Tracee Carrasco went for a ride with a New York City cab driver and found out first hand what it's like to be stressed out behind the wheel.

Maneuvering through a daily maze of taxi cabs, vehicles, buses, pedestrians, and bicycles is all part of the job for a cab driver.

A rush-hour trip with a cab driver who asked to remain anonymous provided an up close look at the difficulty and stress of navigating Manhattan's busy streets.

"I have to watch over somebody cutting you off, the vans, trucks, the buses," he said.

Regularly dodging pedestrians, bike riders, and other drivers can lead to aggressive driving, the man admitted.

"So he doesn't like it if I honk the horn or if I pass him by. You can never satisfy everybody," he said.

For Himon that stress may have been too much to handle Tuesday. He claims that a hostile bicyclist cause his cab to jump a curb on Sixth Ave near Radio City Music Hall where it plowed into 23-year-old Sian Green. The accident cost the young woman her leg.

"It's not my fault. It's just an accident. I didn't see him at all when he banged on my car. then I saw him," he said.

Himon apologized outside of Bellevue Hospital where green was inside recovering.

"I'm very sorry about that. I will always pray for her and her family," he said.

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