On Camera: Lyft driver viciously attacked

Posted at 12:28 AM, Aug 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-06 00:28:42-04

(CNN) - A witness took a cellphone video of a vicious attack on Lyft driver Tenicia Bennet.

“I can’t watch it,” Bennet said of the video. “I see myself being dragged across a gas station for no reason.”

Bennet, who drives for Lyft full-time, said she had just dropped off a customer and stopped to gas up when the attack happened.

Two women, a driver and a passenger, jumped out of a car and started hurling insults, then punches, at Bennet, dragging her by her hair and  threatening other customers who tried to intervene.

“I just would never have thought that I would have experienced something like that,” she said.

The car the two women were in had an Uber sticker on it, but Uber - Lyft's top rival in the ride-share business - said the car is registered to a man who hasn’t driven for Uber in two months. Now Bennet, who’s been a ride-share driver for years, said she’s not sure she’ll ever drive again.

In a statement, a Lyft spokesman said, “There is no place for such violence in our society. Our thoughts are with Tenicia as she recovers from this terrible ordeal. We stand ready to assist law enforcement.”

Bennet, a single mom, said the women took her wallet, her phone and her rent a week before her toddler’s birthday. She said she is broke and broken.

She said the Los Angeles Police Dept. was able to trace the car’s license plate and have a lead on the suspect.

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