Taxi driver cleared of negligence, convicted of theft in death of client

A taxi driver who left a drunk client out in the cold and who was later found dead, has been acquitted of criminal negligence in the man's death, but he was convicted of theft for going thru the man's wallet and taking $20 for a $5 cab ride.

The incident happened in March of 2010.

Nassif Saidy Simon says he picked up an obviously drunk 71-year old James McAlinden and brought him to his home on Basile Patneaude Street on the Plateau.

McAlinden could barely walk and  and the prosecutor said Saidy Simon had abandoned him lying on the street between two parked cars in minus 15 degree temperatures.

Two hours later a passerby spotted him and called 911 but by then McAlinden was dead.

The coroner ruled death was caused by " dilated cardiomyopathy ", or a weakened heart.

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  1. Paul posted on 04/22/2014 10:06 AM
    A heart weakened from being abandoned on the street for hours in -15 degree weather maybe?
  2. Paul posted on 04/22/2014 10:59 AM
    This will rest on his soul til the end of his days. I do not hold envy for that position.
  3. rick posted on 04/22/2014 04:09 PM
    Paul, he didn't care then and he doesn't care now.
    Isn't there a law in Quebec that forces you to help someone out that's in need (the good samaritan law)? He should at least have called the police instead of stealing money from his wallet.
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