Suspect Surrenders In Beating Of Lyft Driver

May 30, 2019 - 1:03 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- A man allegedly caught on video viciously beating a Lyft driver in Queens has turned himself in to police.

George Catalano, 36, surrendered Thursday morning with his mother. He faces assault and reckless endangerment charges.

Dash cam video of the incident from last Thursday, which was obtained by WCBS 880, shows a man and a woman getting into Eduardo Madiedo’s Ford Explorer en route to Mount Sinai in Astoria.

"The guy seemed, I guess, slightly, maybe deranged or unstable," said Madiedo, who spoke with WCBS 880 this week.

The man was suffering from some unknown malady. He was moaning, lying down on the backseat. He told Madiedo to go faster, and then curses and gets frustrated, giving driving advice.

When Madiedo asked him to be respectful, the man snapped and went on a rampage, punching the driver repeatedly as the vehicle was moving.

"Something triggered him and he just punched me in the back of the head all of a sudden. It was really unexpected," said Madiedo. "The car was in motion, I guess that was my main concern when it was happening was not to crash the car. When he punched me he knocked my glasses off, I couldn't really see that well. That was my concern, not to hit anybody else or crash my car and make things worse."

He even tried to climb into the front seat, as the woman pleaded, “Georgie, No.”

Lyft has reportedly banned him.

Madiedo isn't sure if he'll continue to drive for a living.