A taxi driver faces a ‘long road to recovery’ after being stabbed in the neck by customers over a £3 fare.
Father-of-three Jason Scherer, 47, was attacked in his cab after taking three men on a short journey across Armley in Leeds, West Yorkshire, at around 5.30am last Friday.
The journey was so short it cost only the miminim fare but when it came to handing over the money, one of the men told Jason he’d lost his wallet.
His son Connor told the Yorkshire Evening Post that as he called his bosses at the Amber Cars office to explain the predicament, he was stabbed from behind.
Jason, who has worked for the Leeds firm for 19 years, at first thought he had been punched by his customers, who fled from his car.
He began to drive away but after getting 50 yards down the road he realised his neck was pouring with blood.
Jason was rushed to Leeds General Infirmary after finally returned to the Amber Cars headquarters where an ambulance was called and he was rushed to Leeds General Infirmary.
Connor said the family were left in ‘complete shock’ over the random act of violence.
Launching a GoFundMe for his dad online, Connor said: ‘I always thought my first interview with the press would be about some exciting property project.
‘Unfortunately, it was for a story following the brutal stabbing of my father in the neck while he was trying to complete his work as a taxi driver during the early hours of yesterday morning – it was all over a £3.00 fare.’
He said that thankfully Jason is expected to make a full recovery but Connor is raising funds to cover his self-employed dad’s loss of income while he gets better.
Connor said: ‘He is going to hate that I’ve set this up. He is never one to ask for anything.
‘But I equally know he will try recover too quick to get himself back working.’
He added: ‘Any leftover funds will be donated to a charity that is helping fight knife crime.’
West Yorkshire Police confirmed details of the incident and said no arrests have been made.
Anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting crime reference number 13200015564 of 10/01.
You can reach the GoFundMe page here.