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Published: Monday, 11/25/2013

Coroner rules taxi driver’s death in May a homicide

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Moore Moore
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The death of a Toledo cab driver in May has been ruled a homicide by the Lucas County Coroner’s Office.

William Moore, 66, of Toledo died May 5 at Toledo Hospital, where he checked in days after being assaulted by a potential rider.

Mr. Moore went to Chuck’s on Monroe, 4477 Monroe St., about 2:30 a.m. April 28 looking for fares.

In a video posted by the Toledo Police Department, he opens the door to his van and is approached by two men. One of the men appears to have a verbal exchange with the driver and the two start to fight. Mr. Moore was hit in the head, police Sgt. Joe Heffernan said.

The second man, in one frame, looks as if he makes an attempt to break up the fight but is shrugged off by the assailant.

Mr. Moore, who had health problems, died at the hospital. His death was not flagged until the homicide ruling was issued this month by the coroner’s office.

“Whoever got in a fight with this guy, we need him to come forward and let us know what happened,” Sergeant Heffernan said.

The video showing the assault was first posted on the Toledo Police Department’s Facebook page in July, describing the attack as an assault, and asking for tips. The video was reposted Monday, this time as a homicide.

Police ask that anyone with information call 419-255-1111.



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