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Help for Assaulted Lyft Driver Ashish Sapkota

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A  few days ago a Lyft driver was badly assaulted and threatened by a Lyft rider who called himself as a gangster.

On the way to his drop off  destination.  The guy  passenger started quarreling with his fellow lady rider on the trip. Later it went way above and beyond . The guy-started abusing and beating her. The lady started shouting and crying very loud. 

During such violence  Ashish  gently and politely requested the guy passenger to  stop the abuse  but instead he started threatening him as well. He was already in fear situation when things went up to hitting and beating . Therefore, ashish stop his car to call 911 to get help for his and lady well being from violent passenger .

 Before he touches his phone to call 911 the guy snatched his phone and beat him multiple times on the head , brain and neck causing injury. Since he had no phone later he again stopped his car to public place thinking other would call 911 for help. As soon as he stopped  his car nearby the liquor store the guy ran  and left Asish phone. And  then Ashish immediately call 911 when he got the phone. When police arrived at the scenes  later he was sent in Jamaica Hospital .

Lyft has failed to support him during his traumatic situations . Lyft compensate him with $50 for transportation  expense but not his lost wages from not being able to work . Also on the other side the  criminal is freely walking on the street and arrest has not been made yet.

Ashish who is hardworking  Lyft driver  from New York City is father of 5 years old and a husband whose family totally depend on him. Since he is going through traumatic situation and in ability to work he and his family is suffering with financial condition and living expenses .

Therefore, we are doing fund raising for him and his family to support with  the funds.

You can also check out the coverage from local news NBC New York News.
Regarding Organizer-  My name is Sonam Ghising Lama . I am a community leader serving community over decades  with social services and also an organizer from non profit organization Independent Driver Guild IDG. When I watch and learn his story I  was very sadden and frustrated. This should not  have   happened any to humankind not even to animals. This is inhuman act.  Since Lyft has not taken this issues in a right way I am helping organize this fundraiser to help Ashish . IDG is also trying to help him with legal support.

All the funds would go to Asish Sapkota (victim).


Lama Ghising Sonam
Woodside, NY

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