‘Bump-in-the-Wall’ Uber Driver Gets Charged for Riding in the Wrong Seat
The latest in the latest scandal involving Uber drivers comes to light after the driver of an UberX truck was charged with a misdemeanor for not properly signaling his vehicle to another driver on his way to work.
According to a federal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago, James Lohr, a 36-year-old UberX driver from the Chicago area, was driving to work on Oct. 30, 2016, when he allegedly bumped into an UberEats delivery driver in the back of his truck.
The driver, a 45-year old California man named Christopher Gavitt, allegedly drove up to Lohrt’s truck, and Lohrd was standing behind the driver.
As Lohrwas driving, Gavett allegedly allegedly asked Lohrod to let him pass, but the driver ignored him.
When Lohrad went to pick up the delivery, Givitt allegedly pulled up behind him, pulled out a gun, pointed it at Lohs face and fired at him several times, according to the complaint.
Lohringt died in the accident.
Gavetts wife, Jessica, is charged with second-degree murder and two counts of aggravated battery.
Gavitt was released from jail on bond, and his next court date is scheduled for January.
Uber issued a statement to Fortune in response to the charges: “We take these matters very seriously and have suspended our driver program.
Our driver program was designed to ensure safe, courteous, and responsible driving for our customers and drivers.
We are deeply saddened by this tragic accident and are working closely with authorities to investigate this matter.”
Lohrd is the latest Uber driver to be charged with manslaughter.
A similar case against a driver in Washington state, David Averill, was also recently dismissed after prosecutors determined the driver’s conduct did not constitute a crime.
The driver in that case was acquitted of manslaughter.
Uber said it has suspended its driver program in Illinois after the shooting death of Lohrsay in the Chicago suburb of Oak Lawn.
A spokesman for Chicago’s City Council said it will be holding a vote on a resolution condemning the incident.
In August, an Uber driver in Seattle, Aaron Paul, was charged in Washington with second degree murder and reckless endangerment after allegedly shooting and killing a woman.
Paul is expected to appear in court later this month.
Uber suspended its drivers program in Seattle after Paul’s trial.