ASTORIA, Queens (WPIX) -- A Lyft passenger pummeled his driver in Queens and the entire assault was caught on a dashboard camera.
“I was just trying to pull over and stop the car, and get them out of my vehicle without hurting someone else or hitting someone else or a pedestrian,” said driver Eduardo Madiedo.
“I was just looking to make sure he left and I guess he saw me looking and turned around,” he said. “He called me a bunch of racial slurs, a Mexican and 'Go back to my country,' and since my window was open, he swung at me again.”
It all happened at the end of a strange ride where he picked up a mother and her adult son to go to Mount Saint Hospital in Queens. The son was clearly in some sort of distress laying on his mother’s lap and moaning.
Madiedo said he was so focused on the road, he missed the red flag of the son pulling off his jacket revealing no shirt underneath. When traffic outside got bad, things inside the car got a lot worse.
“He was being vulgar with me, and cursing at me,” Madiedo said.
Lyft said it is cooperating with the NYPD and booted the mother of the suspect off the app.