HOUSTON (FOX 26) - Authorities say a Lyft driver was beaten and berated by a passenger because of his ethnicity, which makes it a hate crime. Investigators say, in late July Matthew W. Dunn berated the driver because he is of Middle Eastern descent and because of his religion. According to the Houston Police Department, he then grabbed the driver by his hair and began punching and chocking him while the driver was behind the wheel. Dunn is now charged with assault that caused bodily injury and faces 180 days in jail. If you have any information on his whereabouts, you're asked to call Crimestoppers at 717-222-TIPS.
There are regulations set for Uber and Lyft drivers in the state and they are required to go through background checks before being hired. But how are the drivers being protected while behind the wheel from crazed passengers? What are their rights? On the Factor to talk about it is FOX 26 legal analyst Chris Tritico and Mustafaa Carroll with the Council on Arabic Islamic Relations.