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Friday, August 26, 2016

Cabbie charged after ramming cyclist, as seen in online video

Police confirm a 57-year-old driver is facing charges for allegedly hitting a Favour courier last week.

A 57-year-old taxicab driver has been charged after a cab was caught on video last week striking a cyclist and sending him tumbling onto the sidewalk.

Toronto police said a taxi driver was northbound on Bay St. downtown near Saint Mary St. at around 5:45 p.m. on August 18. Meanwhile, a 31-year-old cyclist — a courier with Favour delivery — was also riding northbound on Bay, near Gerrard St. E.
Police said both the two got into a “physical altercation” of some kind, but continued heading north on Bay before the cyclist was then allegedly struck by the cab.
Police said at the time that witnesses called them to say the cab driver seemingly swerved to hit the courier. In the YouTube video, apparently taken by a rider in a nearby vehicle, the cyclist is seen pushing at the cab’s passenger window. He’s quickly hit by the cab and is seen tumbling off his wheels.
The cyclist suffered minor injuries, police said.
Ali Farkhondehfall is due to appear in Old City Hall on Oct. 4.
Const Clint Stibbe said Thursday that Farkhondehfall faces one count of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, as well as assault with a weapon — in this case, the taxicab.

Toronto Star
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