A repeat offender, 36, surrendered himself to the police after a shocking video showed that a shirtless passenger beat his Lyft driver furiously and told him to drive to a New York hospital faster.
Horrible surveillance video showed Eduardo Madiedo a man and a woman in Queens, New York on Thursday, before he was viciously attacked.
George Catalano, 36, has since surrendered to the police in connection with the incident and has now been accused of reckless danger and assault, The New York Post reports.
He is deemed to have eight previous arrests dating back to 2003, including four for assault.
Catalano was arrested last year on charges of assault in the third degree. He is said to have hit a 51-year-old driver several times, according to the police.
Authorities said he was also arrested for reckless danger and criminal possession of a controlled substance.
It is understood that he was accompanied by his mother when he handed himself over.
Driver Madiedo was asked to drive the passengers to Mount Sinai Hospital in the Astoria section of the town.
The first 11 minutes of the journey went without incident before the male passenger in the back seat appeared sick and took off his shirt, according to video footage obtained by WNBC TV.
The male passenger is visibly irritated while he asks Madiedo, the driver, to drive faster.
Eduardo Madiedo (right) picked up a man and a woman who had ordered a Lyft ride to a hospital in Queens, New York on Thursday. George Catalano has since been accused of reckless danger and assault
The ride went smoothly during the first 10 minutes until the man in the back seat, who seemed sick, took off his shirt and started demanding that Madiedo drive faster
The man became furious when Madiedo told him that he was unable to drive faster due to traffic conditions
But Madiedo lets him know that he is unable to accelerate due to traffic.
& # 39; I'm sorry, man, I can't get in front of the cars that are in front of me & # 39 ;, Madiedo tells the passenger.
& # 39; Why? & # 39; The man asks.
Madiedo answers: Because it is blocked. There are two lanes. Do not you see? & # 39;
The man is then heard angrily saying that Madiedo has to drive on the right lane and bypass the other vehicles, asking Madiedo to warn him.
Catalano was arrested last year on charges of assault in the third degree. He is said to have hit a 51-year-old driver several times, according to the police
The man threw a dozen punches at Madiedo while the woman in the back seat made little effort to restrain him
& # 39; Excuse me, man, if you will be disrespectful, I'll leave right now, & # 39; says Madiedo.
At this point the man shoots at the driver and starts beating him repeatedly.
After throwing about 10 strokes, the man regroups and moves to the driver's seat, floating over Madiedo.
The man seems to be trying to get a grip on Madiedo, who ran over the car at this point.
The man then releases Madiedo and leaves the car.
A few seconds later he saw another blow to Madiedo through the driver's windshield.
The woman in the back seat made little effort to restrain the man. After beating, she followed him out of the car.
& # 39; I almost lost my life, almost in a flash, & # 39; Madiedo told WNBC TV.
& # 39; Everything felt unreal. I almost felt less than the human being. & # 39;
Lyft said the male passenger in question has been banned from his service. The police are now looking for him
Madiedo had shared the video with WNBC-TV in the hope that local viewers in the Queens area could identify him.
& # 39; I hope they catch this guy and I hope he has absolutely no access to a rhythm share platform, & # 39; said Madiedo.
Lyft told WNBC-TV that the man in question was kicked off the ride-sharing app.
As far as Madiedo is concerned, it may be time to look for a new line.
& # 39; I feel I need to look for a new job or new form of income now, & # 39; he said.
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