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Guercy Edmond, Montreal cabbie accused of running over passenger, pleads not guilty

01/27/2015 01:59 EST | Updated 03/29/2015 05:59 EDT
A Montreal cab driver accused of running over a passenger has pleaded not guilty to all charges, maintaining that he was trying to escape the scene to report an altercation to police. 

Guercy Edmond, 50, was charged with assault with a weapon, dangerous driving causing bodily harm and aggravated assault, after striking a 23-year-old man with his taxi at the corner of St-Laurent Boulevard and Rachel Street in the early morning of April 29, 2012.

The incident was captured on video by witnesses and nearby security cameras.

Edmond showed no emotion as videos of the altercation were played in court earlier today.

On the videos, three men are seen getting out of Edmond's taxi and slamming their fists on the car.

One man then pushes Edmond, who also exited the vehicle. The driver throws a glass juice bottle in their direction.

Edmond gets back in the taxi and starts driving back and forth erratically as the men continue to chase and hit the car. One man, not associated with the passengers, is also seen jumping on the taxi's roof.

Edmond says he was trying to leave the scene and drive to a police station when he struck and drove over one of the men.

Benoit Kapelli, who was a passenger in the cab, suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries, including a ruptured spleen and bladder, and broken ribs.

He is scheduled to testify this afternoon.

The trial is expected to take four days.

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