AZ cab driver charged after death of elderly man

Posted at 7:19 PM, Dec 11, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-11 21:19:06-05

The Arizona Attorney General's Office says a man who drove a non-emergency transport vehicle has been charged with manslaughter for the death of an elderly patient in July.

According to court papers, 62-year-old Mohamed Shahin left a vulnerable male patient alone in front of an unoccupied home on July 17 near Olive and 107th avenues in Peoria.

The man was left "without water, means of communication, consistent shade or the ability to move or fend for himself as he was confined to a wheelchair," court paperwork shows. The patient was found dead about 10 hours later after being left in the sun.

Yellow Cab confirmed to ABC15 that Shahin also worked for them for a year and a half and said they were surprised by the charges.

Shahin admitted to leaving the man alone that day and also another time on May 29.

In the May incident, a neighbor helped the patient until his wife came home, court papers say.

The patient was described as "fatigued from dialysis with limited mental capacity or ability to communicate."

Shahin is also facing an endangerment charge for the May incident.