Union leader representing drivers with Vets Cab in Windsor says there is great concern after a fellow driver was injured in an attack.
Emile Nabbout, president of Unifor Local 195, says there was a meeting of members because of the concern.
“This is not the first incident a Vets Cab driver has experienced in the past few years. There are certainly many challenges and safety risks in this industry for our members trying to serve the community,” he said.
At approximately 9:30 p.m. on Saturday March 12, a taxi was heading east on Erie Street West near Victoria Avenue when the driver heard an object hit the vehicle.
When the driver pulled over to investigate the noise, a man approached the vehicle and struck the driver’s side window, causing it to shatter. The driver suffered potentially life-changing injuries as a result of the incident.
Nabbout says it was an unprovoked incident.
“Our members are concerned because this is not the first incident, we have had several incidents over the years where people have been stabbed, robbed or ordered to do certain things,” he says.
Nabbout says the taxi industry has a number of security features, including cameras, but members are still worried.
“At the end of the day, the taxi industry and Vets Cab have safety features in place to protect consumers and people using the service,” he says. “But our members, yes there is a concern and we will try to explore, as much as possible, additional safety features for everyone.”
Two men were seen in the area at the time of the incident and the suspects are believed to have been walking eastbound on Erie Street West on the north sidewalk.
The first suspect is described as a Caucasian male, approximately 5’10”, 25 years old, with short black hair, wearing a black tracksuit.
The second suspect is described as male, possibly black.
The Major Crimes Unit is asking anyone in the area with surveillance cameras to check their footage for possible evidence. It is requested that the footage be reviewed before and after the incident as it is unclear how long the suspects walked in the area before and after the incident. Anyone driving in the area at this time is also asked to review the dash cam footage.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Windsor Police Service – Major Crimes Unit at 519-255-6700 ext. 4830 (or ext. 4000), Crime Stoppers Anonymously at 519-258-8477 (TIPS) or online at www.catchcrooks.com.