Nicholas Cameron, seen at left with his niece in a June 2017 family photo, was killed in a March 21 crash on the Gardiner Expressway while riding in an Uber car driven by Abdihared Bishar-Mussa, right. (RACHEL HAWKES CAMERON/TORONTO STAR FILE PHOTO)
On the day after what would have been Nick Cameron’s 29th birthday, the Uber driver guilty of the careless driving that led to his passenger’s death has been fined $1,000, banned from driving for a year and ordered to perform 50 hours of community service.
Abdihared Bishar-Mussa had only been working for Uber for two days when he stopped on the Gardiner Expressway to retrieve his fallen cellphone and was hit from behind.
“No sentence can restore a life,” said Ontario Court Justice Paul Robertson. “But a sentence can strive to ensure that you, at least in part, pay back to society the harm caused by your actions and you are never again able to place someone in harm’s way until you are ready to take on the privilege of driving.”
Once he gets his license back, the 23-year-old Somalian refugee is prevented from carrying fare-paying passengers for the first year and must complete a remedial drivers’ course.
First, Bishar-Mussa went the wrong way on the Gardiner Expressway. When he got off at Spadina Ave., he tried to tell the couple that he knew a short cut along Dundas St. “This was obviously not correct,” Robertson said.
They insisted he go the right way on the Gardiner.
Now driving west on the expressway, Bishar-Mussa’s cellphone fell to the floor of his car. He pulled over to the shoulder to retrieve it, but according to the agreed statement of facts, his “vehicle was, at least partially, still in the live right lane of the Gardiner Expressway.”