Being a ride-share driver seems like a fun job to me.

You get to drive around listening to your favorite music and see parts of the city you might never see.

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Plus, you never know who you might meet when you pick them up.

One Michigan Lyft driver recently picked up a rider that almost killed him

Michigan Police Arrest Lyft Passenger Who Stabbed 75-Year-Old Driver

Last Thursday 26-year-old Steffon Mitchell ordered a Lyft and was picked up at 7 Mile Road and Hoover Street in Detroit around 10 p.m. by 75-year-old James Evans.

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When the ride was over Steffon for reasons unknown proceeded to stab James in the neck.

James described what happened to him after the ride ended.

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He started stabbing me right away and I was trying to fight him off and get my belt loose so I could get out. When you’re belted in, you can't turn around to grab him or anything.

 

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"I Thought I Was Going To Die"

Brett Kast from WXYZ in Detroit interviewed James and asked what was it like at that moment when he was stabbed.

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I thought I was going to die, I felt in shock and I just felt this is it. I wanted to start praying and say my last prayer.

 

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Will James Evans Go Back To Being A Lyft Driver?

James returned to work on Tuesday with a new camera installed inside his car.

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I have to keep working, I'm 75, but I have a few bills I have to pay before I quit driving. I just got a Wi-Fi camera with sound and I can turn it on with my hand bracelet and my wife can actually watch me at work. She trusts me, she loves me, she doesn't want me to work.

 

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James Forgives The Man That Stabbed Him

After Westland police arrested Steffon Mitchell, he was locked up in the Wayne County Jail with a $50,000 bond and charged with three different counts

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  • Assault with the intent to murder
  • Assault with the intent to do great bodily harm less than murder by strangulation
  • Assault with a dangerous weapon.

Despite almost being killed by the passenger James says he forgives him.

I just hope he gets some help. Putting him in jail is maybe not the answer all the time, but he needs to be held accountable, I ask Jesus Christ to forgive him as I forgive him, but he still has to answer to the law.

 

James is a much better man than I am. I don't think I could forgive someone who stabbed me in the neck.

I hope that someone sees this and starts a GoFundMe so James can stop driving for Lyft and spend some quality time with his wife at home.

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