Woman Assaults Gay Lyft Passenger, Stabs Him With High Heel

Ernesto Gonzalez, 57, was left with a puncture wound in his forehead.

A Lyft passenger was the victim of a violent attack by a fellow rider in Miami.

Jose Gonzalez was leaving Twist in Miami around 4:30 am on January 26, and ordered a Lyft Line, the app’s ride-share option. In the car already was Sherry Moody, 24, who was reportedly intoxicated and had already berated their driver for refusing to take her through a drive-through.

According to the arrest report, when Gonzalez entered the car, Moody shouted, “you fucking gays!” She then slapped, scratched, and kicked Gonzalez, 57, with her high heels, leaving a stiletto puncture wound in his forehead.

The case has been referred to the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office, which will determine whether to charge Moody with a hate crime.

“Presently, State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle has been supporting a broadening of Florida’s existing Hate Crime law to allow more victims a legal opportunity to confront hateful actions,” a a spokesman told Miami Local 10 News.

Gonzalez has filed a lawsuit against Lyft, claiming that the service failed to protect him. His lawyer says it should screen its passengers, asit does its drivers.

“If Lyft chose to use technology already employed by the company to screen Lyft drivers, Lyft could potentially discover, warn, and protect passengers from other dangerous passengers.”

Zachary Zane is a writer and activist whose work focuses on sexuality, culture, and academic research. He has contributed to The Washington Post, Rolling Stone, and The Advocate.