Montreal taxi driver charged for running over man
MONTREAL - A Montreal cab driver has been charged for running over a 23-year-old man early Sunday morning, as seen in a graphic video since posted online.
Guercy Edmond, 47, will remain behind bars after the Crown opposed bail. He faces charges of hit and run, aggravated assault and armed assault.
The victim suffered severe injuries after amateur video showed a taxi running him over as a cabbie tried to flee the scene of an altercation.
At about 3:45 a.m., a conflict erupted between the driver and a group of individuals who had just gotten out of the cab.
The group gathered around the cab, with some people hitting the car and one man getting on the roof and jumping up and down.
The driver then tried to drive away from the group, but ran over one man.
Video filmed by a witness shows the cab driving away from the scene as the group gathers around the man on the ground.
The young man who was injured could also face charges.
It was the top item of discussion Monday among Montreal cabbies, who sometimes face violence on the job.
"If I was in his place, I don't know what I would do," said one cabbie, who did not want to be named. "At night, at closing time, things are pretty dangerous."
Montreal has about 10,000 taxi drivers. About 50 of those are involved in violent incidents every year, say industry associations. Most of the disputes centre around clients who refuse to pay their fares.