An elderly man simply asked a woman to be nice. He had no idea those words would lead to his death over a month later. And, the entire horrific ordeal was captured in disturbing video footage.
Serge Fournier was riding a Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) bus in downtown Las Vegas, Nevada when the 74-year-old man witnessed a woman, later identified as 25-year-old Cadesha Bishop, becoming argumentative with people on the bus. According to police, Bishop was “yelling and cursing” at Fournier and other passengers.
Serge Fournier, who was moving up the aisle of the bus, decided to ask Cadesha Bishop to “be nicer to passengers,” but she didn’t heed his advice. Instead, she became even more verbally combative, engaging in an argument with the elderly man. But, the worst was yet to come.
As Fournier was exiting the bus near the intersection of 13th Street and Fremont Street with a large foldable cart, his back was toward Bishop. The woman decided to seize the opportunity to take the altercation to a physical level as Bishop shoved the elderly man from behind with both of her hands, “with enough force that he never touched any of the steps.”
As others watched, the force sent Fournier flying through the bus doors before he landed face-first on the sidewalk and his cart. The gut-wrenching incident was captured by the bus’s surveillance camera and later released by police in an effort to find witnesses, but be forewarned, it is difficult to watch.
After appearing to hit his head on the sidewalk, Serge Fournier laid motionless on the ground. Shockingly, he survived the fall, but he was left badly injured. The police were called to the scene, but when officers arrived, Fournier refused medical attention. Later that evening, however, he checked into a hospital, according to police.
Over a month later, the elderly man’s family said Fournier died from the injuries he sustained when Bishop pushed him from the Las Vegas bus. “He wasn’t able to eat,” explained Jeffrey Bingham, who was part of a group of neighbors and friends who rallied around Fournier and his wife after the incident. “He was in a lot of pain, crushed hip,” Bingham added.
Sadly, Serge Fournier was forced to live in pain in the hospital for over a month until he finally succumbed to his injuries, leaving behind his disabled wife. “I put my hand up to his face and I said, ‘We got you covered,'” Bingham recalled, describing Fournier’s last moments. “And then he kinda went… he said… ‘God bless you,’ and that was the last thing he said to me.”
“He was an excellent neighbor. Very nice, religious person,” said Trevor Taylor, trying to hold back tears as he remembered his friend. “After he was pushed off the bus,” Taylor added, “his pain was so great he had to call an ambulance — went to the hospital,” where he spent the last month of his life.
“No matter what his age, she should not have done that. People need a little more patience than what they have these days,” Taylor said. Bishop, however, didn’t seem to see anything wrong with what she had done and never offered any help. Making matters worse, police said she was seen walking away with her son, holding his hand after he witnessed his mother’s horrendous behavior.
The Clark County Coroner said Serge Fournier died of “complications of blunt force torso injuries” and ruled his death a homicide. Almost two weeks after he passed away, a warrant for Cadesha Bishop’s arrest was issued. She was taken into custody that same day.
Over six weeks after pushing the elderly man from the bus, Bishop, who had been convicted of misdemeanor battery charges twice before the incident with Fournier, was charged with open murder on an elderly-vulnerable, according to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.
Some people simply have no place in civilized society, and Cadesha Bishop is one of them. Anyone who would become physically violent with an obviously elderly and frail individual because they were simply asked to be nicer has some deep-seated issues, making them unfit to be free. There is no justification for what she did. We can only hope that the courts feel the same way and remove her from our public streets permanently.