The driver of the cab in which Aaron Driver detonated a bomb has taken aim at police, wondering why he was ever in such a life or death situation in the first place.
Terry Duffield, 47, was assigned by Leo’s Taxi in Strathroy to pick up 24-year old Aaron Driver from his Park St. home with London’s Citi Plaza mall as the destination. Even though hours earlier police had identified Driver as an imminent terror threat thanks to an FBI tip, Duffield was able to approach the house without intervention.
According to Duffield, he was in the driveway for about five minutes waiting for Driver, and while he was backing out of the driveway, it was a pack of cigarettes that he said saved his life–a reach across the bench seat to get the cigarettes got him out of the line of fire for the explosive device, he said.
“How come nobody took my life into consideration?” he said to AM980. “The cops basically left me out like a gopher. Nobody tried stopping me. Like why? Why was everybody else told to evacuate their house, stay in their house, whatever, except for the innocent cab driver that pulled in the driveway that day?”
Duffield had previously driven Driver to work at Meridian, a Strathroy metal plant, but knew nothing of his radical beliefs. When he saw police approaching his car, however, he told Driver that he thought they wanted him.
It was moments later that he heard a blast from his own vehicle.
“At that point, when that bomb went off, I didn’t realize that it was a bomb,” Duffield said. “I actually thought the cops had shot something through my back window like tear gas to try and get this guy out of my car. I didn’t realize it was a bomb until the officer that showed up at my house that night and told me that they were told by the bomb squad that they should pick me up and take me to the hospital for examination for internal injuries due to the blast.”
Even though he was released from hospital soon after admission, Duffield said he has a sore back–for which he takes painkillers–and has been too emotionally distraught to return to driving a cab. He’s looking for answers from the authorities who he said should never have let him pick up that potentially fatal fare.
“They did absolutely nothing to prevent me from putting myself into that situation and they did nothing to try and get me out of that situation until it was all said and done,” he said. “The guy as far as I’m concerned was laying dead on the other side of my car and now you ask me to come over to safety? Why, I should just be able to stand up and walk across the street because the dude’s dead.”