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Cabbie has 2 prior crashes, 8 citations and zero points on his driving record

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By David Gotfredson

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (CBS 8 ) - The taxicab driver who slammed into dozens of people in the Gaslamp Quarter is out of the hospital.

Sam Hassan Daly, 52, wanted nothing to do with a throng of media at his Belford St. house in East Clairemont Mesa Wednesday night.

Daly suffered a broken nose and facial injuries when an angry mob attacked him early Saturday morning shortly after he slammed his taxi into more than two dozen pedestrians near the Stingaree nightclub.

News 8 has learned this is not the first time Daly has crashed his cab causing serious injury.

Mission Valley resident Erik Cruz remembers the day when Sam Daly's taxi cab crashed into the rear end of a classic Ford Mustang he was riding in six years ago in Pacific Beach.

"If you can picture a '68 Mustang, the way the back end looks, it was just mauled. It was crushed in," Cruz said. "It's the worst accident I've been in. I've been in two or three minor ones but that was definitely the worst one I've been in."

Cruz and three of his friends were severely injured. They all settled claims with Daly's insurance company at the time, Cruz said.

"Along my spine it feels, along both edges, like the musculature is really tight," Cruz said.

Court records show Daly has received eight traffic citations since 2004 for violations like running a stop sign in Sherman Heights, driving the wrong way on Midway Dr. and speeding in Pacific Beach.

Daly was charged with hit and run after sideswiping a vehicle on Interstate 5 in La Costa in October 2005, court records show. The case went to a jury trial and Daly was found not guilty of leaving the scene.

In fact, the California DMV said Daly currently has no points on his driving record because he went to traffic school on three of the eight citations; another three are open cases still pending in court.

"I certainly don't think he should be on the road, especially with all the information that's come out with many numerous violations," said Cruz, the 2005 accident victim.

Meanwhile, an attorney representing crash victims Dominique and James Gambale said the cab driver's insurance likely will not cover all injury expenses. Mrs. Gambale's leg was severely crushed in the accident.

"This family is going to have to endure this expense and disruption of their lives for many years to come, and somebody that's responsible needs to pay for that," Gambale's attorney Vincent Bartolotta said at a news conference Wednesday.

Cabbie Sam Daly has told friends that he was tired and on a new medication when he briefly blacked out on the night of the crash. Police say it will be at least two weeks before they decide whether criminal charges, if any, will be filed.

Based on San Diego county court records, below is a timeline of events, including citations News 8 found issued to Sam Hassan Daly (also known as Ossama Hassan Eldarandaly) since 2004:

Aug. 14, 2004 – Misdemeanor citation issued for battery in Pacific Beach. Records show the case was dismissed after alleged victim failed to testify in court.

Aug. 18, 2004 – Misdemeanor citation issued for driving the wrong way on Midway Dr.  The case was reduced to an infraction then dismissed after Daly attended traffic school.

Feb. 11. 2005 – A taxi driven by Daly rear ended a 1968 Mustang stopped at a traffic light on Garnet Ave. in Pacific Beach. Four victims reportedly settled their claims with Daly's insurance company. No charges were filed.

Oct. 25, 2005 – Misdemeanor hit and run arrest warrant and complaint filed after Daly sideswiped a vehicle on Interstate 5 in La Costa. According to court records: "When (Daly) was contacted by the other driver, (Daly) provided insurance information to the other driver, but refused to present his driver's license and vehicle registration. (Daly) fled the collision scene prior to the CHP's arrival." A jury trial found Daly not guilty on the charge of hit and run.

May 8, 2009 – Infraction citation issued for speeding -- 45 in a 30 mph zone -- on Garnet Ave. in Pacific Beach. Case was dismissed after Daly attended traffic school.

June 28, 2009 – Infraction citation for impeding traffic in Mission Beach. Guilty plea and charge was reduced to a civil, non-moving-violation of parking in an intersection.

Nov. 13, 2009 – Infraction citation issued for unsafe movement or lane change on Harbor Dr. Case was dismissed after Daly attended traffic school. (***Update: This citation was actually ineligible to be dismissed via traffic school because Daly had previously attended traffic school on a different citation within 18 months.  A court official said because Daly had two active citations that overlapped -- dated May 8, 2009 and Nov. 13, 2009 -- Daly was mistakenly allowed to attend traffic school on both citations, resulting in both citations being dismissed).

Sep. 11, 2010 – Infraction citation issued for allegedly picking up a fare in traffic in downtown San Diego. Case still open and pending in traffic court.

Sept. 24, 2010 – Infraction citation issued for allegedly running a stop sign in Sherman Heights. Case still open and pending in traffic court.

Feb. 1, 2011 – Infraction citation issued for allegedly making an unsafe lane change on Washington St. Case still open and pending in traffic court.

Feb. 12, 2011 – Taxicab driven by Daly slammed into more than two dozen pedestrians in the Gaslamp Quarter. Police investigation is ongoing.

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