Last Saturday, a Muslim taxi driver slowly plowed into a crowd of people on a busy sidewalk in San Diego. It sounded almost immediately like lone jihadi syndrome. And they would not release his name, which always makes me suspicious. They only do that when it's Islamic.
Lone jihadi or sudden jihad. We see this repeatedly.
One girl was pinned against a wall and had her leg severed. 35 people were injured and most were transported to hospitals. They had injuries such as broken bones, cuts and bruises, So incensed was the crowd that members of the crowd pulled him out of the cab and assaulted him. UPDATE: After the attack he jumped out of the taxi and started stabbing people with a pair of scissors.
I did not post on it because the authorities refused to publish his name. It took a few days, but now we know that he was a 52-year-old Egyptian-born cab driver, Hasan Daly.
The original FOX article (below) said "the driver, who is between 40 and 50 years old, either fell asleep or passed out. Alcohol was not involved." But he didn't fall alseep. Police confirmed Daly stopped at the stop sign on the corner before driving about 15 miles per hour into the crowd.
Wait, get this:
When emergency crews first arrived, they were told to clear the area because of fears that the taxi might have had explosives inside it. A witness reported seeing a bag with wires coming out of it on the taxi's seats. The bag turned out to be a massager, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.
People thought it was a a terror attack. And this would-be slaughterer was not arrested and no charges have been filed.
Sammy Nour, who hired Daly years ago as a company limousine driver, said Daly is a hard worker but a very private person."I was shocked," said Nour. Indeed.
Taxi Plows Into Crowd in San Diego FOX News
SAN DIEGO -- A taxi cab driver plowed slowly into a crowd on a sidewalk in San Diego's busy Gaslamp District early Saturday, injuring more than two dozen people, police said.
The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that the crash occurred about 2 a.m. in the middle of the popular restaurant and nightclub zone, close to the city's convention center.
One young woman was pinned against a wall by the cab and had her leg severed.
Officer Michael Stirk said security guards from a nearby nightclub detained the driver. He was then transported to a hospital with a broken nose after being beaten by angry members in the crowd and having his taxi’s windows smashed.
Stirk said the driver, who is between 40 and 50 years old, either fell asleep or passed out. Alcohol was not involved, he said.
Police Lt. Todd Jarvis told the Union-Tribune that officials are investigating why the driver drove onto the sidewalk. The cab was traveling slowly, around 15 mph, and the crash did not appear to be intentional, authorities said.
One off-duty military paramedic who had been at a nearby nightclub told the Union-Tribune the scene was initially chaos, with people screaming and yelling. He said he went to the aid of three of the injured who were lying in the street and assisted them until paramedics soon arrived.
Fire Capt. Rocky Delgadillo was heading to a local air show but ended up at the scene last night just moments after emergency crews were dispatched.
"It was what we call organized chaos," Delgadillo said. "In 31 years, this is the most patients I've seen at one scene in a mass casualty incident."
The newspaper reported that 25 people were injured. Early Saturday morning, all but two were taken to area hospitals. Their conditions were not available due to privacy laws.
Authorities had no immediate plans to arrest the driver, whose name was not immediately available.Roommate of Stingaree Cab Driver says He Feared for His Life
SAN DIEGO - Dan Rose says he has been living with Sam Hassan Daly for the last two months. Rose says, "he's a pretty solitary man kind of a recluse I guess you would call it."
Rose says things have gotten progressively worse since he moved in. "It's been a very uncomfortable situation living here the last couple months."
A photo shows Daly's cab parked in the garage before Saturday morning's crash. A crash and confrontation that injured 35 people in the Gaslamp district in front of Stingaree nightclub.
Rose said he feared the 52-year-old Egyptian born cab driver. "Just very irrational behavior, um I don't know if it was necessarily a terroristic type thing or maybe he's just imbalanced."
Rose said Daly called him names and confronted him for bringing a date home. The confrontation scared him so much, he began to carry a knife with him in the house.
Rose says, "the reaction he had towards me kind of made me a little scared so I carry one with me even in my home when I'd go to the bathroom."
Rose says Daly gave him his move out notice last Friday. That the home is in foreclosure and Daly was leaving the country and heading back to Egypt.
UPDATE: More proof of malicious intent: A quote from this article: (hat tip Mike)
Stingaree owner James Brennan said the cabbie had a pair of scissors in his hand that he swung at one of the club managers, although he didn’t know what the driver intended to do with them.
He intended to stab them. After the attack, he jumped out of the taxi and started stabbing people with a pair of scissors.