Authorities: Man stabs Lyft driver, female passenger in NJ

CLARK, N.J. — Authorities say a rideshare driver and a female passenger were stabbed and seriously injured by a male passenger who then drove off but was captured when he crashed on the Garden State Parkway.

The attack occurred in Clark around 1 a.m. Wednesday.

The 47-year-old Lyft driver had picked up the 20-year-old woman and 27-year-old Farrakhan Howard in Bloomfield and was headed to Woodbridge when Howard allegedly started stabbing them with a screwdriver. After the woman and the driver got out, Howard allegedly drove off in the vehicle but soon crashed in Woodbridge.

The two victims were found lying in the street, suffering from stab wounds and numerous cuts. Both were hospitalized in serious condition, but their names have not been released.

Howard faces numerous counts, including carjacking, robbery and weapons counts. It’s not known if he’s retained an attorney.

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