A driver with Uber, the company that connects people to drivers who've become their own taxi driver under their service, ran down a 6-year-old-girl in San Francisco.
The incident happened on New Year's Eve, when 57-year-old Syed Muzzafar turned right on a street in San Francisco's Tenderloin District, hitting 6-year-old Sophia Liu, who was crossing a street around 8 p.m. with her mother and brother. Liu was taken to San Francisco General Hospital and pronounced dead a short time later, while her brother suffered injuries but was expected to survive. Muzzafar (pictured above) stayed on the scene and, though it's still unclear if he was doing a trip on the Uber system at the time, he identified himself as a driver with Uber, and was taken in on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence and failure to yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk, and was subsequently released on bail. Uber responded to the matter by deactivating the man's account
“Our policy is to immediately deactivate any Uber partner involved in a serious law enforcement matter,” the company's statement said. “We again extend our deepest condolences to the family and victims of this tragic accident."
[via SF Appeal]