Cab driver accused of running light, hitting pedestrians arrested

PORTLAND, Ore. - A 46-year-old taxi driver who police say ran a red light, hit another car and two pedestrians turned himself in Thursday after being indicted on multiple charges, according to the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office.

Police say Moktar Mohamud Mohamed, who was driving a Broadway taxi cab, was hit by a BMW driven by 26-year-old Joseph B. David on the night of March 7 at the corner of Southwest 10th and Morrison. Then Mohamed careened into two pedestrians on the sidewalk, 41-year-old Dian Rae Bennett and 41-year-old Lori Nuhring, sending the women into the windows of Rays Ragtime.

Both pedestrians sustained leg injuries and Bennett was the most seriously hurt. Mohamed received minor injuries. David and a female passenger were not hurt.

The next day, Mohamed disputed claims during a KATU News interview that he was chasing a car and had run the red light.

He said he had been parked prior to the crash when a woman driving a Honda hit his cab but he did not give chase. "I got the license plate before I started moving," he said.

But a police officer who was on the scene said Mohamed was likely chasing the vehicle to get the license plate number. Witnesses also said the cab seemed like it was going 40 or 50 mph and ran the red light at 10th Avenue.

Mohamed faces 14 charges, including criminal mischief, reckless driving, reckless endangering and assault.

He's being held on $40,000 bail.