The chair of the City Council's public safety committee expressed concern today at the NYPD's reluctance to criminally charge the cab driver who jumped a curb outside Rockefeller Center yesterday morning, striking a cyclist and severely injuring a pedestrian. "I'm sure that the incident is still being investigated, but from what I've read, this case seems like a prime candidate for criminal charges to be filed," Queens Councilmember Peter F. Vallone Jr. said.

The cab driver, 24-year-old Mohammed Himon, was issued an administrative summons for unauthorized operation of his vehicle, which carries a possible fine of $100 to $350. The owner of the vehicle was also issued two similar summonses.

The tourist Himon struck, 21-year-old Sian Green, had her left leg partially amputated, and her right leg badly mangled due to the crash. The cyclist and other eyewitnesses told reporters that Himon was speeding and driving aggressively before the crash. Himon's driving record also includes another accident in 2010 in which one person was injured, and several moving violations, including speeding and running a red light.

Steve Vaccaro, an attorney and safe streets advocate, says that the pedestrian-saturated location, the cab driver's reportedly high rate of speed, the distance the cab traveled on the sidewalk after it hopped the curb, and the testimony from eyewitnesses all make a strong case for criminal charges.

"There are a bunch of lesser charges that could be considered, but based on what's been reported, the DA should certainly be pressing charges here for 1st degree assault—that's a Class B felony."

Quoting from the statute, Vaccaro added, "The driver here seemed to 'evince a depraved indifference to human life,' and 'recklessly engaged in conduct which created a grave risk of death to another person.' "

City Council Speaker and current mayoral Candidate Christine Quinn, who represents the district where Green was severely injured, has not responded to a request for comment.

An NYPD spokesman said that the Collision Investigation Squad [CIS] is still investigating the incident, but no charges have been filed.

Paul Steely White, executive director of Transportation Alternatives, said in a statement that while the CIS investigation continues, Himon shouldn't be allowed to drive a cab.

"Given the fact that the driver was cited for unauthorized operation of his vehicle, along with his documented record of dangerous driving, I call on Commissioner Yassky to immediately revoke the drivers ability to operate a cab in New York City," White said.

In March, the NYPD announced it would train more officers and funnel more resources into the chronically underfunded and disturbingly undermanned Accident Investigation Squad, renaming it the Collision Investigation Squad. The day after that announcement, the City Council's Public Safety Committee met to discuss the changes, which included getting rid of the previous requirement by police to only investigate crashes in which a victim was dead or "likely to die."

"Things have changed since that hearing. This incident was investigated by CIS, which wouldn't have happened in the past," Vallone said. "But I think we do need a package of legislation which would make it easier to charge reckless drivers for criminal behavior. There are laws right now, they're just never used."

Vallone added, "I think we also need a change of attitude at all levels of the NYPD to understand that cars can be used as deadly instruments, and not every serious accident should be punished with a summons."