A San Francisco Uber driver was assaulted and coughed on in a shocking viral video.
On Tuesday, the San Francisco Police Department told CBS affiliate KPIX 5 that the incident happened Sunday at about 12:45 p.m. at San Bruno and Silver avenues.
Per the clip, which appears to be shot on a dash cam, a female passenger in a black jacket takes off her mask and begins coughing on the driver, identified as 32-year-old Subhakar Khadka.
Another female passenger in a red top also lowers her mask and yells, “And I got corona.”
The female in the black jacket then reaches for the driver’s cell phone and rips off his mask after a scuffle. She then appears to accuse the driver of leaving her and the other two female passengers “in the middle of nowhere.”
UBER RIDERS COUGH ON, ASSAULT, PEPPER SPRAY DRIVER— Betty Yu (@BettyKPIX) March 9, 2021
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
Per authorities, one of the women sprayed what is believed to be pepper spray into the vehicle and toward the driver after leaving. However, it is not known whether this alleged incident was caught on video.
While speaking to the Huffington Post on Tuesday, Khadka says he pulled over because one of the women refused to wear a mask. He says he then drove to a gas station so the passenger could purchase a face covering.
However, as reported by KPIX 5, he alleges “the racial slurs, and taunting had already begun.”
In fact, Khadka told KPIX 5 that he believes he was berated by the passengers because he is an immigrant from Nepal.
“I never said anything bad to them, I never cursed. I was not raised that way. I don’t hit people. I am not raised that way, so they were not getting out of my car,” said Khadka.
“You guys are animals to treat other human beings like this,” he continued, adding, “If I was another complexion, I would have not gotten that treatment from them. The moment I opened my mouth to speak, they realized I’m among one of them, so it’s easy for them to intimidate me.”
In regards to him allegedly getting pepper sprayed, he said, “She pepper sprayed inside my car, from the passenger window that was open little bit, that was the only window open in my car.”
Khadka said Uber gave him $120 dollars in total cleaning funds after multiple requests.
Uber also confirmed the incident in an email to the outlet saying, “The behavior seen in the video is appalling. The rider no longer has access to Uber.”
Authorities said Khadka was able to regain possession of his phone from the woman after the attack. However, the three passengers allegedly fled following the incident.
Anyone with information about the incident may call the SFPD Tip Line at 1-415-575-4444 or Text a Tip to TIP411, beginning the text message with SFPD.