SF Taxi Driver Richard Odeboju
suffered a stroke allegedly while
driving a taxi. He was taken to a
hospital by ambulance but died
eleven days later.
On July 6, 2011, San Francisco taxi driver Barbajide R. Odeboju, (AKA - Richard Odeboju), was admitted into the hospital after suffering from a stoke, which allegedly occurred while driving a taxi.
Odeboju, who was 58 years old, was Nigerian born and had resided in Oakland for at least 25 years. He is said to have no next of kin in the United States.
According to California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) records, Odeboju was taken by ambulance to CPMC's Davies Campus at 45 Castro St. in San Francisco. He stayed there in the hospital until he passed away eleven days later on the 17th.
Stroke is listed as the "immediate cause" of passing away, according to public record, although an autopsy wasn't performed.
In addition to, or aside from the facts so far, the following is an interpretation of an account that was offered to Taxi TownSF by Yellow Cab taxi driver Tariq Mehmood, regarding Mr. Odeboju's passing.
- Mr. Odeboju was driving his taxi shift. His cab was seen weaving on the road. [It is thought that this occurred along HWY 101, but it is not been verified by the SFPD or by the Highway Patrol].
- A police officer pulled him over. But when the officer approached the driver's window, he found Odeboju with his head on the steering wheel, incognizant.
- He was taken to the hospital where he stayed unable to speak, and then died approximately two weeks later.
- Odeboju has no next of kin in the country. Funeral arrangements have been made with money raised by fellow cab drivers and the Nigerian Community.
The following portion is text from Mehmood's account...
"He was rushed to the hospital where he remained unable to speak for 2 weeks and then passed away. Since he got no family here, his body was suppose to be dealt in the manner as the City does with such bodies. But [a] few taxi drivers decided to collect funds and arrange his proper funeral.
In the meantime, efforts were made to bring her daughter from Nigeria so she can attend her father funeral but she was denied visa in spite of assurance given to the embassy by Tariq Mehmood and other drivers to cover her trip expense and her return back to Nigeria."
Mehmood says that he had lead an effort to raise money from fellow cab drivers to pay for funeral services. He says that with the money raised, combined with money raised by the Nigerian community, services have been paid for.
A viewing and service is scheduled for Saturday, October 1st, 2011, from 11am - 1pm, at Thompson Bay View Mortuary, at 9900 International Blvd. in Oakland.
Odeboju's body is arranged to be buried the same day at Valley Home Memorial Park, at 30705 Lone Tree Road, Oakdale, Ca., 1pm - 4pm.