Toronto police have charged a cyclist and a taxi driver in connection with a personal injury collision investigation that was partially caught on camera and widely shared on social media last month.
The video showed a cyclist riding beside a taxi on Bay Street south of Bloor Street West. The cyclist could be seen hitting the passenger side of the cab with his hand, and that’s when the taxi turned toward the man forcing him off the road.
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However, moments before the Aug. 18 incident was recorded on camera, police allege the cyclist reached into the cab and assaulted the driver. Police said it occurred near Bay Street and Gerrard Street West and both men continued heading north on Bay Street.
Const. Clint Stibbe would not elaborate on what led to the incident near Bay Street and Gerrard Street West when asked for comment Sunday, only saying it was a case of “road rage.”
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Baldeep Cheema, 31, of Brampton has been charged with assault. He is scheduled to appear in a Toronto court on Oct. 17.
Ali Farkhondehfall, 57, of Thornhill has been charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and assault with a weapon. He is scheduled to appear in a Toronto court on Oct. 4.
Anyone with information is being asked to contact police at 416-808-1900 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-8477.