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Uber rider claims the driver assaulted him in New Orleans after commenting on how fast he was driving

An Uber passenger claimed that he was attacked by his driver on Saturday, after commenting on how fast he went.

(J. C. Canizaro)

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An Uber passenger claimed that he was attacked by his driver on Saturday, after commenting on how fast he went.

Joe Canizaro, of Boston, told Fox News on Monday he had been enjoying a fun trip to New Orleans with friends — but his weekend took a turn when he decided to be an Uber Saturday night.

“My driver acted like he was qualifying for the Indy 500,” Canizaro explained in a Facebook post. “So I noticed I got out of the car.”

Canizaro, a licensed EMT, alleged that the driver then “decided to chase me down and cold-cock me in the face and threw me on the ground.” Canizaro said he had “some abrasions and skin tears” and a “pretty good evulsion [his] right elbow and … right knee.”

The Uber passenger added his hand hard, and he thinks that there is a possibility, he may have a broken leg.

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“Immediately” after the alleged incident, Canizaro was locked out of the app and called 911. He told Fox News that he used to provide proof of payment to respond to New Orleans police with information about his driver, because he had no access to Uber.

Uber told Fox News situations such as these reportedly arise, the company blocks both the driver and the passenger the access to the app.

The company noted that, in accordance with their regulatory guidelines, “Any behaviour involving violence, sexual, sexual harassment, discrimination, or illegal activity during the use of Uber can lead to immediate loss of access to your account.”

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Canizaro said that “there is real irony in this whole situation,” as his friend tried to push him to compete at the ride sharing app Lyft, because he felt it “better.” He told his friend that he would look into re-download Lyft on his phone, because he had “heard some complaints about Uber.”

“That was the conversation I had with my Uber driver pulled up to happen in less than 10 minutes later, punch me in the face,” he told Fox News.

The alleged incident is currently being investigated by Uber. The New Orleans Police Department will not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

Nicole Darrah cover breaking and trending news for FoxNews.com. Follow her on Twitter @nicoledarrah.

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