Uber passenger who allegedly coughed on driver turns self in: report
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The Uber passenger seen in a viral video allegedly coughing on the driver over a mask issue turned herself into San Francisco police on Sunday.
Arna Kimiai, 24, is in custody after surrendering to authorities in San Francisco, police said. She communicated through her legal counsel Thursday that she planned to turn herself in, just hours after another suspect, Malaysia King, who is also 24, was apprehended in Las Vegas, San Francisco police wrote in a news release.
Kimiai, King, and a third woman were picked up by the Uber driver, identified as Subhakar Khadka, 32, on March 7. Khadka ended the ride a few minutes later after he realized one of the passengers was not wearing a mask in compliance with state and local public health orders for COVID-19, police said.
MASKLESS UBER RIDER WHO COUGHED ON DRIVER HAS A RECKLESS PAST ON THE ROAD
A camera inside Khadka’s vehicle recorded the altercation. One of the passengers is seen swearing and coughing in the driver’s direction. The same passenger then grabs the driver’s cell phone before he snatches it back, the video shows.
“What you gonna do?” the woman is heard shouting before she grabs Khadka’s mask and throws it in the front seat, according to the video. The suspects then leave the car, but another passenger reaches into an open window and sprays what appears to be pepper spray into the vehicle toward the driver, police said. The suspects fled the scene.
Kimiai is the maskless woman seen allegedly coughing in the direction of the Uber driver, reports said. San Francisco police Lt. Tracy McCray had said she hoped Kimiai would turn herself in “promptly.”
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Kimiai allegedly posted a video on her Instagram last summer of her driving a luxury sports car 122 miles per hour with one hand while recording her high-speed antics with the other.
She was booked into San Francisco County Jail on Sunday and faces charges of robbery, assault and battery, conspiracy, and violation of health and safety code, police said.
Meanwhile, King faces charges of assault with a caustic chemical, assault and battery, conspiracy, and violation of health and safety code.
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A fundraiser was launched to help pay for the cleaning of Khadka’s car after the incident, which has raised nearly $100,000 as of early Monday.
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