The driver and passenger got into an argument at 6:45 p.m. Feb. 18 during a ride, according to Glen Ridge police.
While the two were inside the Lyft car, they starting fighting about where the passenger was headed and how he would pay for the ride-share service once arriving, police said.
During the disagreement, the passenger told police, the driver hit him. Police said the passenger was not hurt by the “open-handed strike” to his face.
The driver left the scene of the incident, near the intersection of Ridgewood and Woodland Avenues, before police arrived, authorities said.
Alexandra LaManna, a spokesperson for Lyft, said the company is cooperating with authorities in the investigation.
“The safety of the Lyft community is our top priority and this kind of behavior is unacceptable,” she said. “As soon as we learned about this incident from the passenger, we permanently removed the driver’s access to Lyft. We’ve reached out to law enforcement and stand ready to assist them in their investigation.”
Police have not yet identified the driver. Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call 973-748-5400 ext. 115.
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