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Uber driver suffers heart attack after fending off knife-wielding passenger

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An Uber driver arrives at San Francisco International Airport in this file photo. In Sacramento, an Uber driver suffered a heart attack after fending off an attack from a passenger.
(Jeff Chiu / Associated Press)

An Uber driver is in a medically induced coma following an altercation with a knife-wielding passenger in Sacramento last month, officials said.

Joseph McVey had a heart attack after fending off an attack by 43-year-old Cedric Jeter inside McVey’s car on Sept. 29, according to Sacramento police. Jeter was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, making criminal threats and resisting arrest.

Police said the men began arguing after reaching Jeter’s destination. When officers arrived around 10 p.m., Jeter was swinging a knife at McVey, authorities said.

Police said McVey had no visible injuries when he gave his victim statement. It was not immediately clear when McVey suffered the heart attack.

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McVey’s wife, Hollie, said her husband had been driving for Uber for only a couple of months before the attack.

“Our thoughts are with Mr. McVey and his family. As soon as we were able to get in contact with a family member, we immediately reached out to offer our support. We stand ready to cooperate with the police in their investigation,” Uber said in a prepared statement.


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