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/Tzr7kTfyKQpic.twitter.com/f8PiHDZ9CZ
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
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.
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