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Taxi driver dies from injuries, Niagara police say

Incident assigned to Homicide Unit
Niagara Regional Police Service file photo

The circumstances surrounding the death of a 58-year-old taxi driver in St. Catharines remains under investigation.

On September 23, 2023, at 4:43 a.m. 1 District (St. Catharines / Thorold) uniform officers from the Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS) responded to an assist ambulance call on Eastchester Avenue near Lorne Street in St. Catharines. The taxi driver had been found on the ground beside his parked taxi. The taxi door was open and in the roadway. The driver was unconscious suffering from a critical injury. He was transported to an out of region hospital where he has succumbed to his injury.

Detectives are appealing to anyone (residents or businesses) in the area with closed circuit security cameras, doorbell video cameras, or dash cameras are asked to review their footage for suspicious activity for the period between 3 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. on Sept. 23, 2023.

This is an active and ongoing investigation to determine the circumstances around this incident. It does not appear that this was a robbery or a targeted incident. Prior to the time the cab was located by a passerby the driver was considered status “available” with no paying passenger. The scene is no longer being held.

The incident has been assigned to the Homicide Unit. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the investigating officers by calling 905-688-4111, option 3, extension 1009124.

Members of the public who wish to provide information anonymously can contact Crime Stoppers of Niagara online or by calling 1-800-222-8477.