‘I messed up’: Lynn man apologetic after violent attack on Uber driver

MEDFORD, MA (WHDH) - An man who police said attacked an Uber driver and stole his SUV over the weekend faced a judge Monday morning and expressed remorse for his actions.

Nicholas Fabrizio, 33, of Lynn, is accused of attacking driver Peter Francois. It’s alleged that Fabrizio repeatedly struck Francois in the head after he was asked to exit the vehicle in Medford.

Officials said Francois picked up a group of riders in Boston and by the time they reached Medford, the passengers were arguing.

When Francois asked them to get out of the car, police said Fabrizio assaulted him and took off with the black SUV.

“When he hit my face I was pretty much out of it. I don’t know how many times he hit me after that,” Francois said of the relentless attack. “I have pain in my shoulder. I can not even move my right hand.”

Fabrizio later turned himself in to Medford police. The SUV was recovered in Malden. In court Monday, Fabrizio took responsibility for his actions.

“I apologize. It was not exactly the intent. I have anger problems,” Fabrizio said of the attack. “I’m going to make sure that gets fixed.”

Uber has addressed the incident saying in part, “We wish the driver a speedy recovery. The rider has been banned from the app.”

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