Woman fights to hold cab company responsible after stolen taxi critically injured her

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A Stamford woman wants a Norwalk taxi company to pay up after she nearly died in a hit-and-run crash, even though one of the company's drivers wasn't behind the wheel.

Brenda Snell was walking home on Stamford's west side when a stolen cab crashed into a fire hydrant and then hit her, leaving her with critical injuries.

Almost nine years after the crash, the Connecticut Supreme Court will decide whether the cab company should be held responsible.

The issue at hand with the cab company is that the driver left his keys in the car. Snell says that makes them responsible for her injuries.

"I'm so furious, I'm so furious because he's doing what he's got to do, he's living his life, he can get around," says Snell. "He don't have to worry about taking medicine."

Snell has had 36 surgeries as a result of the crash, and she still needs a walker to get around.

A jury in the original case ruled the driver was not responsible. An appeals court upheld that ruling, so Snell has now taken the case to the state's highest court. If she loses, Snell will be out of legal options.

Snell's sister says they are trying to set a legal precedent and an example so that a similar situation doesn't happen to anyone else.

A ruling is expected within the next six months.

The teen behind the wheel of the stolen cab was charged with a murder in Bridgeport last year.

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