The Winnipeg police say it is investigating an incident between an elderly Cree woman and a Winnipeg cab driver.
77-year-old Illa Garson told APTN News the incident involving a Unicity taxi has left her with a dislocated shoulder and a fractured collarbone.
She said on Nov. 19 around 11:45 p.m. she caught a cab outside the Club Regent Casino after an evening of playing bingo by herself.
When they arrived at her place a confusion over payment ensued.
In the past, Garson has made arrangements to leave her cab fare at home. Once she arrives her daughter brings the money to the driver.
Garson said she’s never had any issues with this is before, until now.
On the night in question, Garson waited in the cab for a minute before she decided to get the money herself.
“I said, ‘wait I want to get my money,’ and he started moving,” said Garson.
“He didn’t stop when I said stop. He moved about two houses down and I got off there. He didn’t stop. He just left me there.”
According to Garson, the driver never told her where he was taking her.
Afraid and confused she decided to jump out of the moving vehicle and landed on the road a few feet from her home.
She said the driver then pulled up beside her as she lay on the ground and demanded money.
“He came back and he told me, ‘where’s your money?’” said Garson.
She went on to explain she only had $6 on her.
The driver then drove off and left her on the road.
“He didn’t even touch me or help me,” she said.
After he left Garson tried calling for help but no one could hear her.
She used her cellphone to call her daughter who came and found her outside.
“When I got [home] I couldn’t even get up the stairs,” said Garson. “I said call an ambulance.”
She went to the hospital where she was treated and sent home the next morning.
Her family said this should have never happened.
“She’s 77-years-old and she’s traumatized,” said Garson’s son Gary Garson. “They should be more courteous about who their customers are. This was very unprofessional and dangerous because where was he going to take her if she hadn’t jumped out of the cab?”
The Garsons said the situation has left their mother afraid to take a cab by herself.
“What came into her mind was the missing Indigenous women and girls here in the city. She thought she might be one of them if she hadn’t jumped out,” said Gary Garson.
The family has reached out to Unicity several times but say they haven’t heard back from anyone.
APTN also reached out to Unicity but have yet to receive a response.
The Winnipeg Police Service confirmed to APTN News it is aware of the incident but a spokesperson would only say that it is an ongoing investigation.
Gary Garson told APTN he spoke with someone from the Major Crimes Unit and told them the family would like to press charges.
“I think he should be off the street and not pick up any more people. He might do the same thing that he did with her,” he said.