What to Know
- Lyft called the shooting "deeply disturbing and upsetting."
- A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family.
Eduard Pazdnik, the Lyft driver shot several times earlier this month in NW Miami-Dade, was released from the hospital Tuesday.
"I'm still in pain but I feel better," Pazdnik told reporters. "I can see my kids, family."
Pazdnik said that on Jan. 13, he was dropping off passengers near Northwest 77th Street and 10th Avenue in Miami-Dade when the passengers requested a drop-off point different from the one originally typed in the app.
When he pulled up to the new location, two others were waiting.
"At the end of the trip they asked me to make a right and I saw the gun," he said. "I don't know how, but I took off running."
Pazdnik was shot several times in the back. However, he was still able to call 911. The suspects stole his SUV and drove off.
"I'm blessed that I'm alive and I don't want these people to hurt anyone like they did to me," he said.
A GoFundMe page was dedicated to Pazdnik, who does not have medical insurance.
"Even though I'm in a tough financial situation - I am not able to perform any job and no car – they totaled it," Pazdnik said.
Pazdnik, a father of two, was struck by three bullets, according to the page.
"Those criminals took Eduard's car (the only car the family has) and left Eduard, all covered in blood. Eduard was delivered to the hospital and immediately underwent a surgery," the page reads.
Lyft described the shooting of Pazdnik as "deeply disturbing and upsetting."
"The safety of our driver community is our top priority, and has been from day one. Our concern is with the well-being of Mr. Pazdnik, and we have reached out to him to communicate our full support and assistance," Lyft said in a statement. "As soon as we were made aware, we deactivated the passenger account from the Lyft platform. We stand ready to assist authorities on the investigation."