Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the vicious beating of a Maple Ridge taxi driver.
The alleged assault, apparently the result of a road rage incident, happened on Feb. 25, and left the driver in hospital with a cracked jaw, eight shattered teeth, stitches in his face and a swollen eye.
The cabbie, who does not want to be publicly identified, says he was crossing the Golden Ears Bridge when he encountered a white pickup truck that was swerving across multiple lanes. When he honked at the driver, the truck stopped on the bridge and boxed him in, he said.
The truck driver then got out of his vehicle and allegedly told the cabbie, “I am going to kill you today.”
He then got a metal bar, smashed the cab’s window and hit the cab driver in the face twice, the cabbie told Global News.
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Ridge Meadows RCMP confirm it was called to the bridge around 3:20 a.m. Sunday, and says it is looking for a white, older model pickup truck.
Police are asking for any witnesses who saw the altercation, or who saw a white pickup driving in the area that day to come forward.
“We know that this is a very dynamic event, and that is a very well-used roadway, and we’re just hoping that somebody saw this incident or perhaps they saw this white pick-up truck driving erratically in the area during that time,” said Cpl. Amanda Harnett.
While there are cameras in the area, there was no surveillance video from the cab and there is no detailed description of the suspect vehicle.
The cab driver is an independent contractor and as such does not have extended benefits. He said it isn’t clear if WorkSafeBC rules or ICBC insurance apply to his case — and that he could be off work for a month-and-a-half while he recovers.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Ridge Meadows RCMP, or Crime Stoppers if they wish to remain anonymous.
-With files from Jon Azpiri
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