LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — “Be nicer to passengers” – Police say it’s the last thing a 74-year-old man told the person who pushed him off a bus. The man later died, and now a suspect has been arrested.
Trevor Taylor tried to hold back the tears as he remembered his 74-year old friend, Serge Fournier.
Taylor said, “He was an excellent neighbor. Very nice, religious person.”
According to the police report, on March 21, Fournier was riding an RTC bus when he spotted 25-year-old Cadesha Bishop swearing at people. The report says witnesses heard Fournier tell Bishop “to be nicer to passengers.”
As Fournier used his walker to exit at 13th and Fremont streets, police say Bishop pushed Fournier forcefully with two hands. Fournier fell on his head.
Taylor said, “After he was pushed off the bus, he came here for a day or two and then his pain was so great he had to call an ambulance — went to the hospital.”
74-year old Serge Fournier died after he was pushed off a bus. Police arrested a 25-year old woman and charged her with murder. Witnesses say Fournier told the woman “Be nicer to passengers.” @News3LV pic.twitter.com/PYlv02NDdq
— Antonio Castelan (@AntonioNews3LV) May 9, 2019
Fournier spent a month in the hospital before he passed away. The Clark County coroner determined he died from complications connected to the push.
Taylor said, “No matter what his age, she should not have done that. People need a little more patience than what they have these days.”
Fournier leaves behind a wife who is disabled. Ken Mallen knew Fournier and says his loss is still being felt.
“I know it caused several financial problems for his wife,” Mallen said.
Police say after the push, Bishop did not offer any help as she walked away with her son. Detectives managed to identify Bishop through bus surveillance video and arrested her this week.
Checlzzi Powell, a friend of Fournier, says people need to respect the elderly.
“He’s a little slow because his back and legs were ailing,” Powell said.
Taylor says he hopes Bishop is punished. He tells us he will never forget his friend.
“I will always remember him being a wonderful person,” Taylor said.
EDITOR’S NOTE: KSNV’s Antonio Castelan contributed to this report.