Walter Kosior's van was hit by a taxi driver, who took off and returned to the scene 10 minutes later after he dropped off his fare on Saturday. (SUBMITTED)
A Brandon man’s vehicle could be a writeoff after a taxi cab smashed into it on Saturday morning, took off and then came back.
Just minutes after Walter Kosior parked his 1995 Dodge work van outside of his aunt’s home on MacDonald Ave., a taxi smashed into its rear end before driving off, a witness across the road told Kosior.
As police were called about 10 minutes, Kosior was attempting to clean up the debris left strewn on the street. The cab driver returned to the scene, claiming he had to drop his fare off first before coming back.
"I said, ‘Why would you leave and come back,’ and he said ‘I had to drop off a passenger,’" Kosior said.
"He could have left information or something saying he was coming back, he could have taken off and I wouldn’t have known who it was anyway."
Heiko Zinn, former general manager of 4-Way Taxi, said unless there was an emergency relating to the passenger, the driver should have stopped, as the company’s policy states.
"The passenger would also be a witness at that point," he said.
Cab companies don’t want to punish its drivers in cases like this in order to encourage reporting, Zenn said.
"Nothing’s more important than passenger safety."
Kosior’s van is drivable, but expects his MPI claim to be worth more than the 19-year-old van.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition March 3, 2014