Widow of cab driver killed during police pursuit sues city

CINCINNATI - The wife of a Cincinnati cab driver killed in a crash at the end of a high-speed police chase is suing the city.

On Thursday, Mohamed Ould Mohamed Sidi's widow, Kathy, and estate filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Cincinnati, some of its employees and the convicted felon who crashed into his cab. Sidi and a blind passenger were killed in the March 2011 crash.

Sidi was driving Tonya Hairston, 39, of New York City, to the Cincinnati Amtrak station when a man in a stolen car fleeing police ran a downtown red light and hit the cab.

According to a police report, Hairston, was thrown from the cab and later died at the hospital. Officials said the collision instantly killed Sidi.

The suit claims the suspect and three police officers were negligent and caused Sidi's death.

Cincinnati Solicitor John Curp said the city is not responsible for the criminal acts of others.

"Why didn't you just stop? The car wasn't worth two people's lives. It just doesn't make sense. Why would you chase someone at such a high rate of speed? They didn't lose anything. They still have their jobs, their lives... I hand nothing," said Kathy Sidi.

She spoke with 9 On Your Side last March after her husband's death.

"He was just the perfect person. If you could have made the perfect person, it would have been Mohamed," said Kathy.

She said her husband came to the United States in 1999 from Mauritania, Africa under political asylum, landing a job at CVG airport as a taxi cab driver. He supported his family back home by driving a cab.

The suit seeks a minimum of $50,000 in damages.

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