Lyft sub­poe­naed in NYC woman’s at­tack by other pas­sen­ger

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The ride-share com­pany Lyft has been sub­poe­naed in the at­tack on a New York city woman af­ter the driver re­fused to tell po­lice the name of the woman’s as­sailant.

The New York woman, Josephine Cruz Bradley, con­tacted Lyft for a ride to the Bar­clays Cen­ter on April 7 to at­tend a UFC fight. Cruz Bradley shared with po­lice that the driver picked up two men in Brook­lyn on their way. Af­ter get­ting into the Lyft ve­hi­cle, “one of them started to roll a blunt,” Cruz Bradley re­ported. “So I grew very con­cerned and I didn’t want to be af­fil­i­ated with that.”

Af­ter in­form­ing the driver of the other pas­sen­ger’s il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties (Lyft has a zero-tol­er­ance drug and al­co­hol pol­icy), Cruz Bradley says the man be­came an­gry, swear­ing at her be­fore punch­ing her in the face.

“He must have hit me at least three, four, five times,” said Cruz Bradley. “Mostly in that eye.”

Cruz Bradley did at­tempt to de­fend her­self, but the uniden­ti­fied male con­tin­ued to punch.

“I kept think­ing in my mind, ‘Don’t let him hit you again, don’t let him hit you again,’” she said.

The Lyft driver even­tu­ally stopped the car to get the two men out. The New York woman’s as­sailant punched her one more time be­fore flee­ing with his com­pan­ion.

Af­ter New York city po­lice ar­rived at the scene, Cruz Bradley re­counted the events to the au­thor­i­ties. The Lyft driver how­ever, would not as­sist in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, telling po­lice he is not al­lowed to dis­close the pas­sen­ger’s names, forc­ing the NYPD to sub­poena this in­for­ma­tion.

“They can’t even start the in­ves­ti­ga­tion be­fore get­ting a sub­poena,” Cruz Bradley’s at­tor­ney, Brad Ger­st­man said.

A lit­tle over a month since the at­tack, the NYPD is still work­ing to iden­tify the two men and have yet to re­ceive in­for­ma­tion through the long sub­poena process.

“In real life, own­ers of a busi­ness step up. They tell po­lice and ex­plain what hap­pened, but you’ve got the op­po­site here,” Ger­st­man said. “They’re block­ing the po­lice from do­ing their jobs to pro­tect the cit­i­zens of New York.”

Since the in­ci­dent,

SARAH LUOMA

Cruz Bradley has been banned from us­ing Lyft. A Lyft rep­re­sen­ta­tive in­formed Cruz Bradley that “there are two sides to ev­ery story” and that “the de­ci­sion to de­ac­ti­vate your ac­count will re­main fi­nal.”

Mean­while, a Lyft rep­re­sen­ta­tive re­leased a state­ment in re­gards to Cruz’s case to NBC New York. “These al­le­ga­tions are ex­tremely con­cern­ing. From Day 1, the safety of the Lyft com­mu­nity has been our top pri­or­ity. We have de­ac­ti­vated both pas­sen­gers while we in­ves­ti­gate, and have reached out to the in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer to of­fer our as­sis­tance.”

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Josephine Cruz Bradley shares a pic­ture of her in­juries on Face­book.

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