Sunday 1 February 2015

Car-jacked taxi driver assaulted in separate incident minutes after ordeal

Ken Foy

Published 10/06/2014 | 10:46

A Taxi car crashed into a pole and then collided with another vehicle on James's Street area at around 8am this morning.
A man is in a critical condition at St James's Hospital following the crash. 8/6/14Picture by Fergal Phillips
The crashed vehicle on James's St Photo: Fergal Phillips
The remains of the car after the accident. Credit: Conor Feehan
The scene of the crash. Credit: Conor Feehan
The taxi that crashed this morning. Photo: Fergal Phillips

A CAB driver whose hijacked taxi was involved in a horror accident that led to the death of a young criminal in Dublin was assaulted shortly after the incident.

Alex Doyle (25), from Cuffe Street in Dublin city centre, died from catastrophic injuries after the red Skoda Octavia taxi – which he and another man hijacked from its driver early on Sunday morning – crashed into a pole in Dublin’s south inner city.

It has now emerged that the taxi driver who is a Pakistani national was the victim of a separate assault just minutes after he was car-jacked.

Sources say that after the carjacking incident, which happened at the Oliver Bond flats in Dublin 8 at around 8.30am, the driver went to the nearby Merchants Quay Ireland facility to eat his breakfast.


However when he got there, he was asked about a number of cuts on his forehead and the driver replied that he had been “car-jacked”.

But in a bitter twist for him, a male member of the Traveller community who heard these comments then set upon the taxi driver.

Sources say that the man who had been sitting down, then got up and punched the taxi-driver a number of times in front of shocked onlookers.

The scene of the crash. Credit: Conor Feehan

A source told The Herald: “Let’s just say that this unfortunate taxi man did not have the best of mornings on Sunday – he was not just attacked once.”

Alex Doyle and a friend had flagged down the taxi in the Rathfarnham area before getting it to drive to the Oliver Bond flats in Dublin 8.

When they arrived there the taxi driver was assaulted and the two men took his car.

A short time later, at 8.30am, the car overtook a bus between Kilmainham and the city centre and went out of control, slamming into a light pole and then spinning up the road before crashing into a line of parked cars.

Doyle’s arm was severed in the initial impact.

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