Wife of slain taxi cab driver talks about her husband
6:45 PM, Mar 16, 2011
11:57 PM, Mar 16, 2011
ERLANGER, Ky. - The arrival of Erlanger Police at her door early Wednesdaymorning isn't what Kathy Sidi expected.
They came with news that her husband of nearly eight years andthe man she says was, "so special," was killed in a car wreck.
Mohamed Ould Mohamed Sidi, 33, was doing his job as a YellowTaxi cab driver. Investigators say Mark Gerth, the driver of a SUVwho led Cincinnati Police on a wild chase at high speeds crashinginto the occupied cab at 8th and Sycamore Streets around 1 a.m.Wednesday.
"He was just the perfect person. If you could have made theperfect person, it would have been Mohamed," said Kathy.
He came to the U.S. in 1999 from Mauritania under politicalasylum, landing a job at CVG airport as a taxi cab driver. Drivingthe cab was a way to support his family back home.
Kathy was a taxi cab driver as well and that is when they metand fell in love.
She treasures the memories of him introducing her to sports andhis passion for soccer.
"He'd lay down on the couch and I'd sit down here and he wouldwatch soccer. And I never knew what soccer was until I met him andhe actually got me to like it," said Kathy.
"Today is our eight year anniversary to the day when we starteddating," said Kathy.
Last October Mohamed Sidi became a citizen.
"He just loved life," said Kathy.
The family doesn't have insurance to cover Mohamed's funeralexpenses and have set up a memorial fund through Fifth/Thirdbank.
The passenger in the taxi, Tanya Hairston, who is blind wasejected from the car and later died at University Hospital.