MANHATTAN (PIX11) — A taxi driver’s face was tattered after an attacker asked the cabbie if he was from Pakistan.
Mohammad Ali Fahd, a 36-year-old father of two, picked up a passenger on Second Avenue between Sixth and Seventh streets Monday night.
According to the Daily News, the passenger asked if Fahd was from Pakistan, and Fahd said yes.
The attacker flew off the handle, cursing and banging on the partition. Distracted, Fahd hit a pole.
He pulled over in gas station at Avenue C and 23rd Street to assess the damage. That’s when the passenger hit Fahd from behind with a skateboard.
An ambulance driver chased the attacker but he escaped on the board used to hit Fahd.
“He was trying to kill me,” Fahd said. “I hope they catch this guy.”
Fahd suffered a fractured nose, facial cuts and swelling on his left eye. Doctors aren’t sure how his vision will be affected.
The Daily News reports the attacker was a black male about 5 feet 11 inches tall. He was wearing a white sweatshirt.
Fahd’s union, the New York Taxi Workers Alliance, is pushing for a hate crime investigation into the attack.