Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Taxicab Robber Dies in Accident; A Waycross Cab Driver Told Police He Crashed into a Tree after Being Stabbed

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Taxicab Robber Dies in Accident; A Waycross Cab Driver Told Police He Crashed into a Tree after Being Stabbed

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Byline: GORDON JACKSON

A man who authorities said attempted to rob a Waycross cab driver at knifepoint early Sunday morning paid with his life.

Investigators were called to the intersection of Isabella and Crawford streets at 1:34 a.m. after a driver with J.R. Taxi told police he was stabbed during a robbery attempt and crashed his car during a struggle to wrestle a knife from his attacker.

When Waycross police arrived at the scene, they found the suspected assailant, Colbie Kris Shears, 31, of Waycross, on the floor behind the driver's seat of a 1998 Ford Escort station wagon that had rammed into an oak tree. Emergency medical workers said Shears was unresponsive when they arrived and was declared dead at the scene.

The unidentified cab driver told police he drove his passenger to Isabella Street when Shears, who was sitting in the back seat of the cab, put a knife to his throat and demanded money, Waycross Police Chief Tony Tanner said.

The driver told police he grabbed his assailant's hand with both of his own hands and attempted to wrestle the knife from his attacker. During the struggle for the knife, the driver's foot slipped off the brake pedal and onto the gas pedal, the driver told police. The car, which was still in gear, traveled an undetermined distance before crashing into the tree, causing extensive damage to the vehicle, Tanner said.

Tanner said the driver, who was wearing a seat belt, fled from the cab after it struck the tree and the air bag deployed. The driver, who had several lacerations to the back of the head and shoulder, told investigators he fled the scene because he was afraid his attacker could follow him, Tanner said.

The driver used his cell phone to contact dispatchers at the cab company to report the attack, said Eugene Taylor, owner of the taxi company. Another driver picked him up and took him home, where they called police to report the attack and crash, Taylor said. …

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