Janet Lee

Janet Lee
Photo:Janet Lee, injured by a taxi partition.

Friday, June 08, 2012

I answered the first questions from OHPR

In order to determine our authority to evaluate your concerns, we would need the following additional information, if available:

(1) The name of the institution (university, hospital, foundation, school, etc) that is conducting the research.
A. Boston Police Department Hackney Carriage Division
B. New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission

(2) The name of the researcher(s).
A. Arthur Cadegan, Donald Devine, then Marc Cohen
B. Jack.S Lusk, Fidel Del Valle, Dianne McGrath McKechnie, then David Yasskey

(3) The name of the research project and/or grant proposal.
A. No name

(4) The number of the research project.
A. No Number

(5) Source of research funding.
A. Subjects required to pay for equipment
B. The Effectiveness of Taxi Partitions:
The Baltimore Case
Prepared for
The Southeastern Transportation Center
University of Tennessee - Knoxville
Knoxville, Tennessee
Prepared by
John R. Stone and Daniel C. Stevens
Department of Civil Engineering
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, North Carolina 27695-7908
Funded by
The Southeastern Transportation Center
With a Grant from
The University Transportation Centers Program
US Department of Transportation
June 1999

(6) The dates of the research.
A. Boston – 1970
B. NYC – 1968
C. Chicago ?
D. Philadelphia ?
E. San Francisco ?
(7) The nature of the alleged noncompliance or wrongdoing.
A. Partitions were assumed to protect drivers from assailants with guns. This has never happened. Now drivers are shot through the partition window or shot by reaching around the partition. In fact the murder rate is worse with partitions.
B. All of the partitions in police cruisers and taxicabs have a long history of causing death and serious head injury.
C. Dr.  Talmor – 212-821-0933, – Dr. Barie – 212-746-6995, – Dr. Shapiro – 480-451-1700 and  -  Dr. Hoffman – 212-844-8778 Department of Surgery, New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, NY
In 1996 four surgeons from the Department of Surgery, New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center released a report, this is a review of it.
“Craniofacial injuries resulting from taxicab accidents in New York City”
Taxicab accidents are a common occurrence in New York City. This review was undertaken to characterize the nature of craniofacial injuries that result from taxicab accidents
Data were collected on 16 patients who required admission to trauma or plastic and reconstructive surgery services, after sustaining craniofacial injury as a result of a taxicab accidents.
Front-end deceleration collisions were the most common mechanism of injury.
Fifty-six percent of the patients were thrown against the bulletproof, Plexiglas driver safety divider and sustained an injury most commonly to the anterior midface.
Both bony and soft tissue injuries were common in the entire group.
“Given the high incidence of craniofacial injury, appropriate safety standards for taxicabs must be initiated, including the reevaluation of the utility of the safety divider”
Dr. Elizabeth M. Whelan, ACSH (American Council on Science and Health) President,
“The deaths and injuries attributed to taxicab accidents are highly preventable.

(8) A copy of the informed consent document from the research.
A. None known

(9) A statement regarding whether OHRP may
(a) identify you as the complainant to the institution;
1. You have my permission

(b) provide the institution with a copy of your complaint letter; or

(c) provide the institution with a copy of your complaint letter with personal identifiers removed.

(9) Any other pertinent information
 Jack Lusk -  TLC Chairman 1988-1991
“Those partitions create a plastic surgeons’ dream.”

 Dr. Rahul Sharma, NYUMC  212-263-5550
560 1st Ave. E.R.
NY,NY 10016  rahul.sharma@nyumc.org

- has worked in several city emergency rooms, is all too familiar with the               damage the anti-crime partitions, required since 1994, can cause.
“Ask any ER doc in Manhattan, and they will tell you they see it very frequently,” he said. “People have a false sense of security in the backseat of a cab.”
#2 - Dr. Gary Sbordone – Massachusetts Chiropracter  781-665-2560
“Could cause complex spinal injuries.”
#3 - Dr. Geoffrey Doughlin - E.R. Director, Jamaica Hospital, 8900 Van Wyck Expswy. Queens, NY 11418 -  718-206-6070
Since the partitions act as a second windshield, back seat passengers fall victim to the same type of injuries as people in the front passenger position, the "suicide seat,"
#4 - Dr. Gregory Husk - Chairman of Emergency Medicine, Beth Israel Medical Center, 330 East 17th St.
NY,NY  212-420-2000
“You can't do this kind of work (Emergency Medicine) without being impressed that the taxicab partition breaks a lot of noses, a lot of lips, a lot of chins.''
#5 - Dr. John Sherman - Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery, New York Hospital, jesmd@nyplasticsurg.com  New York City
"The results are uniformly disastrous: patients with head wounds from dividers,
fractured noses, lacerations and worse.  Last month I saw two patients die from taxi-related injuries.”
#6 - Dr. Arnold Komisar,  #7 - Dr. Stanley Blaugrund and #8 -  Dr. Martin Camins - Lenox Hill Hospital, NYC  212-535-8300
"Every emergency room in New York is seeing patients injured in taxicabs: three here, four there, six at another hospital, so it's easy to underestimate the problem,"
#9 - Dr. Stephen Pearlman - Upper East Side facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon    914-993-9125
“Gaping soft tissue injuries are also prevalent, since an edge of a partition's sliding door or its metal track can tear the skin.”
“In the most severe instances, this causes "almost an avulsion" of the nose.”
#10 - Dr. Paul Lorenc – NYC Plastic Surgeon  212-472-2900
“Crushed noses, fractured cheekbones and eye sockets, and "stellate," or burst lacerations, are among the most common injuries suffered when a passenger is hurled into the clear partition.”
#11 - Dr. Kai Sturmann - Acting Chairman, Emergency Department, Beth Israel  631-477-9455
“I would like to see back-seat air bags.”
#12 - Dr. Marc Melrose - Emergency Physician, Beth Israel Medical Center, Manhattan 212-721-4201
"Cabs don't have to get into an accident for people to be hurt. The cab stops short and you go flying into the screen with the handles and bolts and that metal change thing. It's dangerous."

Thank you,

Steven Crowell

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