Taxi driver is cleared af­ter ac­ci­dent left student hurt

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - NEWS -

A taxi driver who mounted a pave­ment and knocked over a cel­e­brat­ing student on grad­u­a­tion day has been cleared of any wrong­do­ing.

Mo­hammed Ju­naid, an em­ployee of taxi firm Dundee City Cabs, had his case dis­missed at Dundee Sher­iff Court.

In what has been de­scribed as a “freak ac­ci­dent” on June 22, Mr Ju­naid got his boot caught be­hind the ac­cel­er­a­tor pedal of the elec­tric Nis­san Leaf car he was driv­ing as he tried to park at the rank.

A Dundee Univer­sity grad­uand, Ken­neth Chikezie, was hit by the ve­hi­cle along with an­other male who es­caped se­ri­ous in­jury.

Mr Chikezie suf­fered an arm in­jury and was taken to Ninewells Hospi­tal.

Mr Ju­naid had orig­i­nally been charged with care­less driv­ing and ap­peared at court this week to be told the case had been dropped.

He said his large boot had be­come wedged be­hind his brake and ac­cel­er­a­tor ped­als as he tried to ma­noeu­vre into the taxi rank on Nether­gate.

Mr Jua­naid’s boss, Mo­hammed Hashmi, said he and the com­pany was happy to be able to move on from the in­ci­dent.

“Ba­si­cally, the en­tire in­ci­dent was an ac­ci­dent,” he said.

“As he moved the taxi into its spot, the wheels had been po­si­tioned slightly to the right and touched the kerb.

“When you put these elec­tric ve­hi­cles into drive, you have to press the brake quite hard and I be­lieve his foot got stuck be­tween it and the ac­cel­er­a­tor, af­ter his foot slipped.

“As the car lurched for­ward he lost con­trol and mounted the pave­ment.

“We are all very happy to have Mo­hammed cleared. He is a young driver just start­ing his ca­reer, with a wife and a young baby on the way.

“He is glad to be able to re­sume his job as a driver and not lose his li­cence.”

The scene of the ac­ci­dent in Nether­gate in June.

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