Northern California Uber driver in medical coma after rider attack

Posted at 11:04 AM, Oct 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-07 14:04:06-04

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A Northern California Uber driver is in a coma induced by doctors because of a heart attack he suffered after an altercation with a knife-wielding passenger.

Officials and his wife say Joseph McVey had a heart attack after fending off a knife attack by a rider in Sacramento Sunday night.

The Sacramento Police Department says 43-year-old Cedric Jeter was charged with assault with a deadly weapon, making criminal threats and resisting arrest.

Police say the men began arguing after reaching Jeter's destination.

Authorities say Jeter was swinging a knife at McVey when police arrived around 10 p.m.

Police say McVey had no injuries when he gave his victim statement.

Hollie McVey says her husband had only been driving for Uber for a couple of months before the attack.