Indo-Canadian Cabbie’s Family Sues Over Deadly Victoria Airport Crash

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Ramesh Sharma, 57, a married father of three, died and seven people were injured when the white sedan shot out of the airport’s short-term parking lot, sped over curbs, across the terminal’s access road and onto a raised beam, where the airborne vehicle hit the Yellow Cab drivers. The car then rammed into a luggage cart and hit a security building.

VICTORIA — The family of an Indo-Canadian cab driver who died when a car driven by an 82-year-old woman plowed into a group of cabbies at Victoria International Airport has retained a lawyer to pursue losses in civil court.

Ramesh Sharma, 57, a married father of three, died and seven people were injured when the white sedan shot out of the airport’s short-term parking lot, sped over curbs, across the terminal’s access road and onto a raised berm, where the airborne vehicle hit the Yellow Cab drivers. The car then rammed into a luggage cart and hit a security building.

Until now, Ramesh’s family had not been ready to contemplate a civil lawsuit, his son, Sanjeev, 23, said Monday. “We were just taking our time and making sure we were ready,” Sanjeev said.

The family has retained lawyer Michael Pohorecky, of MacIsaac & Company, to seek compensation under the Family Compensation Act for what happened July 29.

Ramesh’s other children are Sapna, 24, who lives in Calgary, and Sabina, 17.

Ramesh was the family’s main wage earner. He supported Sanjeev, in his fourth year of an economics degree at the University of Victoria, and Sabina, in high school.

Before her husband’s death, Ramesh’s widow, Charan, 52, worked as a housekeeper at the Sandman Hotel. She has not worked since.

Under B.C. legislation, the family can only claim losses for a deceased person’s financial dependents.

“It’s really tragic the family has lost a husband and a father who is greatly loved and greatly missed — not just by immediate family members but also by relatives in India,” Pohorecky said.

“He supported the extended family, sent money to family members in India as they needed it.”

Six cabbies and the car’s driver were injured. All six cabbies remain off work.