The tourist who was severely injured five weeks ago after a taxi plowed onto the sidewalk outside Rockefeller Center left the hospital today for the first time to give the Today Show an interview, one block from where she was maimed. “It is a little bit because I haven’t been out in five weeks," 23-year-old Sian Green said. “It takes me back a little bit. When I see a yellow car, I’m just a bit like [exhales], but I’ll get there.”

Green, whose left leg was amputated below the knee, was thankful for the group of people who used belts and a dog leash to stem her bleeding on the sidewalk. “There’s good people in this world, very good people in this world that I can’t thank enough," she said. “They saved my life. If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be sitting here right now telling this story.”

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The cabbie who struck Green, 24-year-old Mohammed Himon, blamed the crash on a cyclist he was arguing with and later struck. Himon has a checkered driving record that includes several moving violations for speeding and running a red light, and an accident in 2010 in which one person was injured.

After the crash, police issued Himon an administrative summons for unauthorized operation of his vehicle, which carries a possible fine of $100 to $350, but did not file any criminal charges. The TLC also suspended him for 30 days. That suspension expired earlier this week, but TLC spokesman Allan Fromberg said in an email that Himon has not reclaimed his license to drive a cab.

Green's attorney told the Today Show, “Further legal decisions await the results of an ongoing criminal investigation of the incident by the district attorney’s office."