A 23-year-old man is in critical but stable condition in a Montreal hospital after being run over by a taxi cab during an altercation early Sunday morning.
The incident took place at the corner of St. Laurent Boulevard and Rachel Street around 4 a.m., when a fight broke out between a taxi driver and a group of people.
The video shows a group of people approach the cab while it is at a standstill. One person appears to hit or kick the cab, while another throws an unknown object at it. The driver then reverses and drives through the crowd, narrowly missing at least two people.
Another man hops onto the roof of the cab but jumps off when it begins to move again. That's when the cab runs over the man.
1. The driver should not have jumped out of the cab and escalated.
2. The group should not have been jumping on the car and throwing stuff at it.
3. The driver should have SAFELY, if possible, gotten a safe distance away and called the police.
There is some degree of a self defense claim - an angry crowd of that size is a danger even if you are inside the car, but I believe the driver had opportunities to deescalate, as did the people surrounding the car.