A taxi driver with a short fuse is facing assault charges for walloping a Bronx woman who threw up in his cab, police sources said today.
The incident happened about 11:30 p.m. Thursday after cabbie Gurpreet Singh picked up Yolanda Rodriguez at Broadway and West 65th Street in Manhattan.
Singh, 32, lost his cool when Rodriguez, 24, threw up in the back seat after warning him to slow down because she gets motion sickness, the sources and the victim said.
“I get motion sickness and he was driving really, really fast,” Rodriguez told The Post. “I said, ‘I’ll throw up in the car,’ but he wouldn’t slow down.”
After Rodriguez threw up, the 6-foot-2 Singh swerved to a stop, got out of the cab and began spewing bile at Rodriguez and a friend with her
“He yelled, ‘Get the f— out of my car. Get out of my car right now. You guys are whores and bitches,'” she said.
Rodriguez said she got out and told him, “Don’t talk to us like that,” and he hit her on the shoulder.
She hit him back, she said, and he began walloping her, punching her on the forehead head so hard she fell down.
“He punched me so hard, it forced me back,” she said. “I felt myself falling and I put my hands up to protect my face.”
Rodriguez said she fell on her wrists, spraining both of them. On her doctor’s advice, she hasn’t worked since.
The Bronx woman, who graduated from SUNY New Paltz in 2007 with a degree in business management, works for an advertising agency.
She is thinking about suing Singh.
“I don’t want him to ever drive a taxi again,” she said. “I never want him to hit another female.”
Singh, who faces a year behind bars if convicted of third-degree assault, has been suspended by the Taxi and Limousine Commission pending the outcome of the case.
He has been a cabbie since 1996.
His driving record shows that he was involved in accidents in September 2006 and July 2007 and his license was suspended for five weeks in March 2007 because of failure to pay a parking ticket.
He was fined $125 for making an improper signal in Nassau County in July 2005 and he was fined $40 in October 2007 for making an improper turn in Manhattan.
Singh, reached on his cellphone, said, “Don’t f—– bother me, f—,” and hung up.