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Pedestrians hit by U-Haul van in Edmonton testify at trial of alleged attacker

Abdulahi Hasan Sharif, 32, shown in a handout, has pleaded guilty to 11 charges, which include five counts of attempted murder, after a police officer was stabbed and four pedestrians were hit with a cube van in Edmonton on Sept. 30, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Alberta Court of Queen's Bench MANDATORY CREDIT

EDMONTON — Two pedestrians struck by a U-Haul van in downtown Edmonton two years ago say they suffered psychologically after the attack.

Paul Beigel has testified he was outside a bar having a cigarette when he was hit from behind and flew into a wall on the night of Sept. 30, 2017.

He says he went through physiotherapy for an injured knee, as well as treatment for depression, and still suffers from anxiety.

Jack Zubick told court that he was outside the same bar when he was hit, but remembers little of what happened.

Zubick, who had knee and head injuries, says he was affected by stress and anxiety for a year.

Abdulahi Hasan Sharif has pleaded not guilty to 11 charges, including five counts of attempted murder.

He is accused of first running down and stabbing a police officer outside an Edmonton Eskimos football game before striking four pedestrians with the cube van.


The Canadian Press