By Maryam Shah , Toronto Sun
First posted: Monday, August 22, 2016 11:50 AM EDT | Updated: Monday, August 22, 2016 05:40 PM EDT
TORONTO - Police are hunting witnesses after video emerged which shows a cab driver swerving and hitting a cyclist last week.
The video shows silver taxi knocking a cyclist — wearing a Favour Delivery shirt — off his bike on Bay St., near Bloor St.
“You’re going to jail! That is assault,” the cyclist is heard saying to a man standing beside the cab in the video.
There was no word on possible charges as police continue probing the mishap.
“We have to interview everybody,” said Const. Clint Stibbe.
Video of the incident shows some lapse in time, he added.
“So what happened during that time? Was there blows, did somebody say anything? These are all the things we need to hear,” Stibbe said.
Police reported a 57-year-old taxi driver was going north in a 2011 Toyota Camry when he hit a 31-year-old man on a bicycle. The cyclist suffered minor injuries.
Police investigate around 1,200 cyclist collisions a year — around 400 of them result in injuries.
Police want to speak with four men — including three cyclists who stopped for the collision — whom they believed witnessed the incident.
The city’s licensing and standards department is also investigating.
“Following the outcome of the (police) investigation, municipal licensing and standards could seek a Toronto licensing tribunal hearing to address the conduct of the driver,” city spokesman Bruce Hawkins said.
Here are past incidents involving cabbies:
•In May 2012, a taxi driver ran over a skateboarder, killing him. He was convicted of manslaughter last fall but was granted bail pending an appeal in March.
•In November 2008, a cab driver reversed into a man who was walking towards his bike, crushing his leg against a pole. The driver was convicted in 2012 of criminal negligence causing bodily harm.
A frame grab from a video posted to YouTube on Aug. 20, 2016 showing a Toronto cab striking cyclist. (YouTube)
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