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A desperate driver for a private transportation company was in stable condition following surgery Thursday after his vehicle overturned and he was wounded by an armed robber who had at first attacked the driver’s woman passenger in the Hollywood Hills, police said.

The driver had apparently put his black newer sedan into reverse so fast that the vehicle overturned as he attempted to get away from the robber. Officials were also looking into the possibility a second person was involved in the robbery and shooting. However, there was no confirmation of that possibility.

Police officers were dispatched at 2:30 a.m. to the 3200 Velma Drive, where the driver had dropped a woman off,  Preciado said. The driver was not working for Uber or Lyft.

While at the location, a gunman approached the woman and tried to rob her, but when he realized she had no money, he made the woman call back the driver, she said. When the driver came back, he realized the gunman was trying to rob him and tried to back his vehicle away, and, as he did so, it overturned, she said.

The gunman shot the driver while he was still inside his overturned vehicle, Preciado said, and the gunman fled.

Paramedics rushed the driver to an area hospital.

The woman was not wounded or injured during the attempted robbery, Preciado said.

—City News Service

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