- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 21, 2016

The family of a Chicago man who was knocked unconscious, robbed and then run over by a passing cab as onlookers did nothing is suing the cab driver and the 7-Eleven where the altercation began.

Shocking security footage taken Feb. 7 and released Wednesday shows 32-year-old Marques Gaines leaving the convenience store on North State Street and being confronted by a larger man. The man delivers one punch, knocking Gaines to the ground unconscious. Two men can then be seen rushing to Gaines‘ body to allegedly rob him. The family claims Gaines‘ cellphone and debit cards were stolen, The Blaze reported.

Video shows Gaines lying in the crosswalk of the busy street for at least two minutes before a cab making a right turn runs over his body and stops on top of him.

One person, believed to be a 7-Eleven security guard, called 911. First responders removed Gaines from underneath the car and rushed to a nearby hospital where he died four hours later.

Phyllis Nelson, Gaines‘ aunt, said she is suing 7-Eleven, Chicago Taxi and the taxi driver, Medhi Seyftolooi, The Chicago Tribune reported.

“I can’t understand how somebody could just leave him,” Ms. Nelson told a local CW affiliate. “That’s the part that hurt me so.”

The lawsuit alleged that 7-Eleven failed to provide a properly trained security guard during the late-night hours.

“The security guard they had on duty, you can see in the video, is doing absolutely nothing to dissipate the situation or help Marques even after he’s been hit,” said Chris Hurley, the Gaines’ family’s attorney. “He’s remarkably unqualified for the job that he’s in. And he’s been placed there by a corporation who can afford somebody’s who’s properly trained.”

There have been no arrests in this case, and the cab driver was not ticketed. Gaines‘ family hopes someone recognizes the man who punched him in the video, the CW affiliate reported.


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