SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A Sacramento Uber driver is in a coma induced by doctors because of a heart attack he suffered after an altercation with a knife-wielding passenger.

Officials and his wife say Joseph McVey had a heart attack after fending off a knife attack by a rider in Sacramento on the night of Sunday, Sept. 29.

The Sacramento Police Department says 43-year-old Cedric Jeter was charged with assault with a deadly weapon, making criminal threats and resisting arrest.

Police say the men began arguing after reaching Jeter's destination. Authorities say Jeter was swinging a knife at McVey when police arrived around 10 p.m.

McVey had no injuries when he gave his victim statement, according to police.

Sacramento Uber driver hospitalized after attack
McVey family

Hollie McVey told ABC10 her husband had only been driving for Uber for a couple of months before the attack.

The family has set up a GoFundMe with the message: 

"Joes family is reaching out for help during this time as Joe has a long road ahead of him once he does wake up. As we have faith he will. Joe was the provider for his family. We’re asking for help wherever anyone can. Whether it be financial, helping the family with rides as they now don’t have a car, or even bringing the family dinner. There’s 2 little girls still needing care of at home, waiting for their Daddy to get home."

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