Paramedics revived a woman in her 60s who suffered a cardiac arrest and serious injuries Thursday morning after she was struck by a taxi on the sidewalk on Elgin Street Thursday morning.
According to witnesses, a Blue Line taxi went onto the sidewalk between Cooper and Somerset streets shortly after 9 a.m.
Paramedics believe the driver, in his 50s, suffered a medical emergency which they suspect was heart related.
The vehicle crashed into the parking lot of the TD Bank and Dollarama store.
Paramedics said the female victim was in critical condition.
The passenger in the taxi, a man in his 50s, sustained minor injuries.
Louise Lafrenière and Daniel Lamontagne were in their vehicle heading south on Elgin Street when they saw the northbound taxi speed through the traffic light at Somerset Street.
“We were in our car at the red light and (the taxi) just ran through the red light. I think he had an ailment, I don’t know, because he was speeding,” Lafreniere said.
The taxi took out a parking sign on the east sidewalk on Elgin Street, just north of Somerset Street, before striking the woman.
“It’s almost like he sped up,” Lamontagne said. “It almost seemed like he pressed on the gas.”
“She was going to the bank, I guess,” Lafrenière said of the victim. “We heard the noise and I just saw her fly in the air.”
The couple got out of their car and ran over to help the woman. They were the first there to help.
“I just got out of my car and I ran right over to her. She was still breathing,” Lafrenière said.
“I said, hang on, stay with us,” Lamontagne said. “But she was not responding.”
Lafrenière said a person she understood to be a lifeguard also helped as police arrived.
A passenger in the back seat of the cab was on the ground outside the cab, but he got up, the couple said.
“I’m just in shock,” Lafrenière said. “I’ve never seen anyone get hit by a car like that,” she said.