Dundee driver who mounted kerb and struck student cleared

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Police and ambulances at the scene.

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

Mohammed Junaid, an employee of taxi firm Dundee City Cabs, had his case dismissed earlier this week 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 in an ambulance to be checked over by medical staff.

At the time, Andrew Nyomby, a friend of Mr Chikezie, described what he saw.

“My family and I were walking in a group along Nethergate, when a taxi seemed to swerve off the road and headed straight towards us,” he said.

“The car knocked over my friend, Kenneth and he was on the ground by the bench and the bin.”

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 license.”

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