WARNING: Graphic video.
MONTREAL—A grotesque scene captured on video early Sunday of a taxicab running over a young man in Montreal has led to charges being laid against the driver.
The driver appeared in court Monday afternoon while the 23-year-old victim, who is in stable condition in hospital, could also be charged, along with another man, police said.
The video, placed on the Internet, shows a taxicab driving wildly while a group of young men violently attacks the vehicle.
The incident happened before 4 a.m. Sunday in Montreal’s Plateau-Mont Royal borough, when an argument broke out between the cab driver and his clients.
If the commentary by the person filming from a nearby building is to be believed, the conflict began when one of the men slammed the taxi door too hard.
The video begins with the car, a Toyota Camry, making a circle as the 23-year-old man kicks the driver’s side door. The arguing escalates and harsh words are exchanged. Someone throws what appears to be a broken piece of the vehicle at the cab’s back window. Other people enter the scene and begin to argue with the driver.
The young man then kicks the driver’s side door again, twice. The cabbie reverses, and the man kicks the door again. The driver then moves forward aggressively, narrowly missing some of the people assembled. “He’s sick,” someone can be heard saying.
A different man in a white baseball cap kicks the passenger door, pounds on the trunk and then hops on to and stomps on the roof and windshield.
It’s at this point that the 23-year-old, positioned at the front of the car, is hit and thrown to the ground as the cab hits the accelerator. Both the front and the back of the car can be seen to bounce as the tires roll over his body.
The cabbie does not stop. He continues to flee the scene.
Guercy Edmond appeared in court where he was charged with aggravated assault, assault with a weapon, hit-and-run and dangerous driving. The 47-year-old taxi driver will remain in prison until his bail hearing on Wednesday.
Another 42-year-old man has been released from custody on a promise to appear should police decide to charge him.
The young man in hospital could also face charges, said Const. Raphaël Bergeron of the Montreal Police Service.
With files from The Canadian Press