Subhakar Khadka Bio/Wiki
Subhakar Khadka was the Uber driver who went viral after being assaulted by two passengers on camera in San Francisco.
During a ride through San Francisco’s Bayview District on March 6, Arna Kimiai, 24, was seen berating driver Khadka as her friend Malaysia King, 24, allegedly sprayed a chemical.
His age is unknown.
Assaulted By Unmasked Rider
Khadka, a Nepalese national, has spoken out about the incident, claiming that he was assaulted after telling Kimiai to exit the vehicle because he was not wearing a mask.
Khadka described himself as a private person who only wants to work and help his family overseas in an interview with The Guardian, and he expressed gratitude that the video is being used as evidence of violence.
Khadka said to the outlet, “It’s not just the people in Ubers and Lyfts, it’s also people who work in gas stations.
“People from all over the world reach out to tell me they’ve experienced and reported this type of behavior but because of lack of evidence it doesn’t go anywhere and people learn to live with it,”
“I hope this can serve as an example so we can raise enough awareness so that when someone is assaulted hopefully they speak up and justice can be served.”
UBER RIDERS COUGH ON, ASSAULT, PEPPER SPRAY DRIVER
Driver Subhakar Khadka, who is South Asian, says he believes he was targeted because of his race. He picked up 3 women in the Bayview yesterday afternoon on San Bruno Avenue. https://t.co/Tzr7kTfyKQ pic.twitter.com/f8PiHDZ9CZ
— Betty Yu (@BettyKPIX) March 9, 2021
Following the outpouring of support for the driver, a police inquiry was launched.
Khadka said, “They tried to make it look like it was my fault even though they ordered Uber without a mask,”
“The girl that assaulted me started taunting me and asking how I could stop a car in the middle of nowhere but we were half a block from where I picked them up.”
Subhakar Khadka, an Uber driver in San Francisco, alleged that three women passengers coughed on him and abused him after he asked one of them to wear a mask. A now-viral dash-cam clip shows the bizarre attack. CW: abuse pic.twitter.com/x0RtHXJmBv
— Brut India (@BrutIndia) March 12, 2021
According to Khadka, he pulled over to a gas station so the rider could purchase a mask.
— Derrick Downey Jr (@DerrickDowneyJR) March 10, 2021
While Kimiai was in the shop, however, the other two passengers allegedly began a barrage of violent threats and insults, according to him.
He added, “Before the girl came back with her mask I had to listen to taunts about how they could shoot me in the face and call their boyfriends and cousins on me,”
“They talked about how small my testicles are because of my race. They called me a goofy-ass N-word after every sentence.”
— Dilip Dhakal (@DilipDhakal) March 11, 2021
Khadka had determined that the trip was not worth the risk to his safety by the time the passenger returned to the car with a bag of masks.
Khadka continued, “I told them that the ride was over and to please get out of the car,”
“They kept taunting me, telling me that I’m nobody and that they would stay in the car. It was three ladies versus one guy who can’t even verbally defend himself in English.”
When Khadka realized they weren’t leaving the car, he activated his camera, and the woman began coughing into his face and screaming at him, according to Khadka.
King was arrested on March 11 on charges of assault with a caustic substance, assault and battery, conspiracy, and breach of the health and safety code, according to the Las Vegas Police Department.
NEW: Las Vegas police release mugshot of 24-year-old Malaysia King, the woman accused of assaulting an Uber driver, Subhakar Khadka. King faces several charges including assault & violation of health/safety code.@nbcbayarea #StopAsianHate #uberattack pic.twitter.com/wIc6teBBT7
— Christine Ni (@christineniSF) March 13, 2021
Kimiai’s lawyer has now said she would turn herself into the San Francisco Police Department to face similar charges, according to local media outlets.
Instead of apologizing, Kimiai went on the offensive a few days later, claiming that she would have done much more harm to Khadka if her boyfriend hadn’t taught her not to let an Uber driver drop her off in the middle of the lane.
Kimiai said, “All I did take his mask off and cough a little bit but I don’t even have corona,”
She did, however, partially retract her behavior, but she did not completely apologize.
“I ain’t gonna lie, that was disrespectful as f**k. I was dead a** wrong for that.”
She then went on to state that she was never a fan of the Uber network, which has since suspended her, and that she prefers to use their competitor instead.
She said, “F**king stupid a** Uber bruh, that’s why I take Lyft,”