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Former Uber driver charged in US with manslaughter

Former Uber driver charged in US with manslaughter
Amid growing global uproar against US-based taxi service company Uber, a former driver with the company has been charged with manslaughter in the death of a six-year-old girl when he rammed his car into the family as it was crossing a street last year.

Syed Muzzafar, who was working for Uber in San Francisco, hit Huan Kuang, her 4-year-old son Anthony Liu and six-year- old daughter Sophia Liu as they were crossing the street on December 31 last year. Muzzafar collided his Uber car in the family, seriously injuring Kuang and her son.

The young girl succumbed to her injuries. Kuang had filed a lawsuit against Uber and Muzzafar in January this year in which she had said that Uber breached its duty of applying “reasonable care” in “hiring, training and supervision” of its drivers.

She had said in the complaint that Muzzafar was “unfit” to be a “provider of transportation and was not “adequately trained or supervised” in his driving.

Muzzafar was charged yesterday in a California court with misdemeanour vehicular manslaughter, which carries penalties of up to one year of jail time.

The case that the family filed against Uber still remains unresolved.

A report in Time magazine said that according to court documents, Muzzafar was in between UberX fares when the accident happened.

Meanwhile, a report in the Huffington Post said that Chicago police is also investigating an allegation that an Uber driver had raped a female customer.

Chicago police said they have been in contact with the woman as well as Uber personnel, but declined to give further details.

California District Attorneys Sue Uber Over Safety Issues

Uber, embroiled in charges one of its drivers in India raped a passenger, is now facing a lawsuit over safety issues in its home state of California.The district attorneys of San Francisco and Los Angeles said Tuesday they filed suit against Uber for misleading customers about its background checks on drivers. Their civil complaint also charges that Uber drivers work at airports without obtaining authorization, and in the case of San Francisco, charge a $4 extra fee to passengers traveling there without paying anything to the airport.


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