Cab Driver Gets Five Years in the Joint for Mowing Over Man at a Gas Station
Cab driver Joseph Goldmeer was sentenced to five years in prison today for a June incident in which Goldmeer ended an argument at a Phoenix gas station by running a guy over with his cab.
Goldmeer was convicted by a jury in February of three counts of aggravated assault, and received sentences from four to five years on each count, which will run concurrently.
The mowing-over took place around 3 p.m. on June 26, at a Circle K convenience store near 15th Avenue and Indian School Road.
Witnesses told police they watched as the cab driver and the 45-year-old victim argued inside the store before taking the argument to the parking lot -- where Goldmeer ran him over.
Police weren't even sure the victim was going to live the day after the incident, as Phoenix Police Sergeant Steve Martos said he was "fighting for his life."
Phoenix police did not elaborate on the nature of the dispute at the time, but witnesses gave a couple variations of what happened on the day of the incident.
"They hit him because they got in an argument because of some kids. The kids were in there getting hot dogs or something," one witness told KPHO that day.
Another witness told the station that the argument started after the victim told Goldmeer he wanted a ride, but Goldmeer said he was already going to pick someone up.
Either way, all the witnesses police spoke to recounted an argument in the gas station, which led to an argument outside of the gas station, and ended with Goldmeer mowing the man over while he was walking through the parking lot.
Police tracked down Goldmeer after surveillance footage revealed the name of the cab company on his taxi.
The company led police to Goldmeer, who was arrested in Gilbert after dropping off another fare.
Goldmeer didn't give detectives any details or motives after being arrested, police said at the time.
James King contributed to this report.
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