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Uber Driver Joseph Soriero Almost Loses Ear in Road Rage Incident at Fort Lauderdale Airport

cab-hand-iphone-34239-300x200Uber driver Joseph Soriero suffered multiple injuries and had to have his ear reattached after he was accosted in a road rage incident at Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport.

According to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, the person who violently attacked Soriero was identified as Christian Alexander Gordon of West Park.

Gordon, 26, was arrested and charged with aggravated battery inflicting bodily hurt or disability. He was released on $10,000 bond. The press did not name an attorney for him.

Soriero encountered Gordon on the airport’s departure level outside Terminal 3 just before noon on May 22. For reasons that are unclear, Gordon reportedly got out of his car and approached Soriero’s car.

Gordon allegedly started aggressively shouting at Soriero. The dispute turned physical when Gordon poked Soriero in the face. Fearing for his safety, Soriero attempted to punch Gordon but missed. Gordon retaliated and knocked Soreiro to the ground, where he punched him four more times. Soriero tried to get up but Gordon punched him again, investigators said.

Soriero was taken to Broward Health Medical Center with multiple injuries, including bruises to his head, a black eye, injuries to his foot, and a torn left ear that had to be reattached to his head with a medical tissue adhesive.

During his bond hearing, Gordon’s bail bondsman reportedly told a Broward judge that the altercation was a case of “self defense.”

Another road rage incident was reported in Miami in April. Mexican telenovela actor Pablo Lyle is accused of fatally punching a 63-year-old man in a Miami street on March 31. The elderly man, identified as Juan Ricardo Hernandez, died four days later from head trauma.

Lyle, 32, was initially charged with battery, but the charge was upgraded to manslaughter after Hernandez died.

According to the news sources, Lyle was caught on video punching Hernandez in the face during a road rage incident on the Dolphin Expressway.

Lyle’s brother-in-law, Lucas Delfino, was driving Lyle and his family to Miami International Airport. Delfino mistakenly exited the Dolphin Expressway and entered NW 27th Avenue. As he was trying to make a U-turn back to the expressway, he cut off Hernandez. The two men stopped their cars on the side of the road for reasons that are unclear.

Hernandez reportedly got out of his vehicle and angrily pounded on driver’s side window of Delfino’s car. Delfino got out of his car without parking it to confront Hernandez, and sources say that when his car began to roll forward, he ran to stop it.

When Hernandez started to walk back to his car, Lyle allegedly got out of his vehicle and started running towards Hernandez. Lyle punched Hernandez in the face, and Hernandez dropped to the ground, unconscious. The family reportedly left him there.

Lyle flew to Mexico after the altercation, but returned when his attorney informed him of Hernandez’s death. He is now under house arrest in Miami.

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