TORRANCE (CBSLA) — A Lyft driver was punched and spat upon during a July trip in Torrance after the driver asked a passenger to put on a face covering, as required by Lyft.

A passenger was caught on camera yelling at, punching and spitting at a Lyft driver in Torrance following a dispute over whether he took her to the correct location after he asked her to wear a face covering. (Credit: Pedro Cubias)

According to the driver, Pedro Cubias, the passenger began to escalate the situation after a subsequent dispute over whether the driver took her to the correct destination.

“He said he took her to the destination that it said on the app,” Stephanie Cubias, the driver’s wife, said. “She was already mad because of the mask, so she got more mad because apparently the location he took her wasn’t the one that she had requested, but when he looked at the app, that was the location.”

The passenger can be seen in the video shouting and punching the driver multiple times.

Cubias said he did not turn on the camera until after he asked the woman to put on a face covering and she started yelling at him. He can be seen on the video asking her multiple times to get out of the vehicle.

But before leaving the vehicle, the passenger can be seen in the video spitting on the front passenger seat.

With the ongoing pandemic, Cubias and his wife were concerned about his health.

“Hopefully she wasn’t positive and he doesn’t come out positive as well as other health conditions,” his wife said. “Now he’s having problems with his eye, you know, headaches.”

Cubias said he was speaking out so this does not happen to another Lyft driver.

“He wants, you know, justice and for this to stop,” his wife said. “It’s not fair.”

Lyft responded to the incident in a Thursday statement that said:

“Safety is fundamental to Lyft. The behavior shown in the video is unacceptable and has no place on the Lyft platform. Upon learning of the incident, we removed the rider from the Lyft community. We have been in touch with the driver to offer support and are in contact with law enforcement to assist with their investigation.”

The Torrance Police Department said it was investigating the incident.

Comments (62)
  1. Joseph Joseph says:

    With FEW exceptions, the black “culture” is a plague on the civilized world, evidenced by rioting, looting and destruction of property for almost ANY reason, our prison population (60% black), FATHERLESS black homes, section 8 ghettos, welfare roles and recipients wearing $400 sneakers, Chicago, Haiti, stone age Africa…same everywhere blacks gather in large numbers.
    What defines an exception? They finished high school, they have a full time job and are not on welfare, if men fathered children they did not abandon them and the mother to welfare support, they do not have run ins with law enforcement, they respect other people’s property, they obey our laws, they take care of their property and don’t turn neighborhoods into slums, they don’t scrawl graffiti on public buildings, they don’t loot and destroy property, they pay their taxes, they are good neighbors and take pride in maintaining their property…etc.

    1. CJ says:

      Is this Tucker Carson?

      1. woodtoolguy says:

        Are you referring to Tucker CARLSON?
        You are not even smart enough to be a good bigot.

      2. Ignutz says:

        Tucker is not the only one speaking truth.

      3. Kim Smothers says:

        No it’s Don Lemon in his interview with Bill OReilly in 2013.

    2. Jimmy not that jimmy says:

      I didn’t really need to view the video to know. Neither did you

    3. Jimmy not that jimmy says:

      I don’t know about that. Name ONE exception.

    4. Rudie Cord says:

      Beasts are kept in jungles not in cars.

    5. Darren says:

      It’s like the Democrats used to say, they need the discipline of slavery. Turns out they were right. 200 years later and nothing has changed.

  2. derek ward says:

    I hope that they arrest this rider, but I also hope that someone explains to the driver’s wife how to wear a mask.

  3. Riko says:

    You cannot respect these people because of incidents like these. Its just barbaric!

      1. Francis Dec says:

        BLM only to blacks. Fellow black NFL players silent on DeSean Jackson’s anti-Semitic social media posts. If it was a white player he would be out of a job by now.

  4. William Lancaster says:

    @White people, i guess you shouldn’t have made slavery in American, huhh? The incident is YOUR fault, if you think about it.

    1. Jay says:

      Go Eff yourself you moron. It was black Africans that ran thru the jungles collecting people up and selling them. USA only got less than 5% of all slaves. Go bark up Brazil’s arse who got 65% of the slaves. This incident is BLM and this womans fault for hyping up crud that don’t even matter today. You didn’t come from no slave, you don’t know no slave. According to the democrat fact checkers, only 388,000 slaves came to the United States out of 10.7 million slaves world wide at the time. Of those 388,000, how many died never having a child. Every black in America did not descend from those that were left. they came and immigrated after slavery ended. Go back to school and get an education not indoctrination, and stop being a nodding bobblehead for libs.

    2. Jay says:

      He got her name and info from Lyft. Have her arrested for multiple assaults for the spitting and hitting.

    3. Barry says:

      Slavery still going on in the 21st century in several African countries. Mauritania and libya to name a couple. Run by blacks to enslave other blacks. This slavery continues with the wassistance of another blight on the world. Muslims.

    4. Jimmy not that jimmy says:

      We didn’t.

  5. Leonardo Castellano says:

    A DEMOCRAT BLM ATTACKING INNOCENT PEOPLE HAPPENS SO OFTEN, THAT THIS ISN’T EVEN NEWS ANYMORE.. IT’S THE NEW NORMAL… WELCOME TO THE DEMOCRAT PARTY 2020…

  6. Kevin Cowart says:

    I’d say we DOX her, get her fired, but what are the chances she has a job..

  7. Facebook Twitter says:

    I think lyft and uber drivers are going to start doing what cab drivers were donig, not picking up black peolpe…

  8. Truth Seeker says:

    Can somebody please explain how the phrase “Black Lives Matter” is not racist while simultaneously the phrase “All Lives Matter” is racist. Doesn’t “All” include every race while “Black” discriminates to mean only black people? What am I not understanding?

    1. BillW says:

      BLM has co-opted legitimate protests of police brutality to advance a neo-Marxist agenda through planned and programmed racial division in this country. Remember the Viet Nam war protests? Same thing. True anti-war protestors were used by the Marxist Ayers/Dohrn Weather Underground/SDS after a series of bombing failed to garner enough attention to advancing their cause – which had NOTHING to do with ending the war. Both the anti-war and BLM “causes” are fronts for Neo-Marxism. The BLM founder, Patrice Cullors, admitted as such in 2015. George Soros is on record as having said that he’ll bring this country down through racial division, specifically, the antagonism of African Americans, as they “are easiest to control” How do I know about the SDS connection in the early 70’s? I was one of them. The SDS splinter group, the SMC (Student Mobilization Committee) was designed to organize high school and college kids. Problem was, the SMC initially (and always did) stand for Strike Mobilization Committee, the WU/SDS branch responsible for shutting down college campuses. Kent State in Ohio was an SMC operation.

      1. Barry says:

        I think you do need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows. But that’s just my opinion.

    2. Natasha D Broome says:

      Hello Truth Seeker. If you have never heard of Jane Elliot please look her up and check out her website, lectures and or her research. Also I know this is a long video that I am attaching if it will let me . Or look up on you tube “The Truth about the Confederacy in the United States (full version) https://youtu.be/QOPGpE-sXh0 . Otherwise to your question the statement is Black Lives Matter. in no way does it mean “only Black Lives” . The point is that in black lives have NOT mattered and that is what attention is being brought to. To recognize that on all levels Black Lives Matter. Until that truth is recognized saying All Lives Matter (although true) is in the reality of society a fallacy. Black lives have historically and continue to be so discarded that just like many other things of discrimination of other disenfranchised and or discriminated against groups it drags us all down. Now as to the woman in the video shamefully so many comments here show why the statement you mention is so necessary. Because in this incident she is being stupid, ignorant and abusive and acting a fool regardless of her skin color just like any of these other anti-maskers.

  9. Joe Sixpack says:

    “You can take the n i g g a out of the jungle but you can’t take the jungle out of the n i g g a…..” This P O S should be charged with assault, at the very least… ..

  10. Barry says:

    African Americans

  11. Jeff Wilson says:

    Expecting certain behavior, based on the appearance of someone, is not “racism”, it is just common sense. When you pick up someone who looks like that, whether you say anything rude or offensive or not, you should EXPECT that kind of behavior.

  12. funksoul6 says:

    Are the police looking for this cretin, or did the mayor order them to stand down? Why isn’t she already in jail? Lyft has her name and address so she shouldn’t be very hard to track down. Want to know why so many blacks are in our jails and prisons? Just. Watch this video.

  13. bcbennetts67@gmail.com says:

    What a nasty “human being”

  14. Hubba Bubba says:

    Black Spitters Matter

  15. Stan says:

    13 percenters doing what comes naturally.

  16. LA NUKKA says:

    Another sheboon chimping out and another nazi enforcing tyranny.

  17. flatearther says:

    Fake News. Obviously a psyop to make anti maskers look violent and crazy. FAIL

  18. Dan Miller says:

    Brought to you by Democrats, every bit of it

  19. Jo Ryan Salazar says:

    She will be arrested for assault and serve time.

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