Taxi driver drove off as passenger tried to exit vehicle

Skipton Magistrates Court

Skipton Magistrates Court

First published in News

An 83-year-old woman who tried to help a disabled man out of a moving taxi ended up falling and breaking her leg, Skipton magistrates heard.

Barbara Morris fell on top of John Bottomley as she tried to help him get out of the taxi after driver Saghir Ahmed – of Grange Crescent, Riddlesden – dropped him and his partner off in Skipton.

Mrs Morris, who was resting after shopping, tried to stop Mr Bottomley from falling, but fell herself. She spent the next ten days in hospital and more than ten weeks in a plaster cast.

Ahmed, 34, a driver for Skipton’s Star Taxis, denied driving without due care and attention on August 2 last year and of failing to stop after an accident and failing to report an accident.

At Monday’s trial, he was found guilty of the driving charge, but not guilty of the other two charges. Ahmed was fined £80 and his licence was endorsed with four penalty points. He must also pay £200 costs and a victim surcharge of £20.

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