- Nov 22, 2003
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Man hit by cab after driver made anti-Semitic comments, witnesses say
Driver said he hitler was trying to "cleanse" world of the Jews
A Nashville cabbie made anti-Semitic statements and praised Adolph Hitlers campaign against Jews during a religious argument that culminated when he ran over one of the passengers as he left the taxi, witnesses said during a hearing today.
The cab driver, Ibrahim Ahmed, said Hitler was trying to rid the world of Jews, the alleged victim, Jeremie Imbus, told the court.
I just remember (being) I guess the word is shocked, Imbus said of the Feb. 18 incident.
Imbus and his friend Andrew Nelson, both of Ohio, had come to town to visit a friend and had been out drinking in downtown bars earlier in the evening.
Imbus, who was wheeled into the courtroom in a wheelchair, said he couldnt remember much about the night.
But his friend, Nelson, said he pulled Imbus out of the cab as he kicked at the back of the cabbies seat. Both men the took off running, he said. Nelson heard the vehicle accelerate and then saw the mini-van hit his friend, he testified.
Imbus suffered a broken leg, a fractured pelvic bone and several other injuries.
Ahmed, 37, was working for United Cab Co., at the time. He faces charges of attempted criminal homicide.
Following the testimony, Metro General Sessions Judge Michael Mondelli bound the case over to the Davidson County grand jury.