Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn
The arrest of a ride sharing service driver in San Francisco who allegedly attacked a passenger with a hammer and seriously injured him calls into question the background checks of drivers for ride sharing services such as Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar, according to a report by KPIX 5 CBS San Francisco, California.
KPIX 5 reports that a driver for Uber, 26-year-old Patrick Karajah, was arrested and pleaded not guilty to charges of assault with a deadly weapon and battery with serious bodily injury. Karajah is accused of hitting one of his passengers, Roberto Chicas, in the head after an argument about the route taken.
A spokesperson for Uber said in a statement sent to KPIX 5: “Safety is Uber’s #1 priority. We take reports like this seriously and are treating the matter with the utmost urgency and care. It is also our policy to immediately suspend a driver’s account following any serious allegations, which we have done.”
In another story, KPIX 5 reports that shortly before the alleged attack San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon and the Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey sent letters to rideshare firms Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar claiming they operate illegally and warning them of possible legal action.
KPIX 5 reports the letters claim the ride sharing services mislead customers by claiming their background checks screen out drivers who have committed driving violations, DUIs, sexual assaults, and other criminal offenses. Taxi companies are required by law to perform background checks on drivers.
The report “San Francisco Uber Driver Charged With Attacking Passenger With Hammer” from KPIX 5 is available at http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2014/09/26/san-francisco-uber-driver-charged-with-attacking-passenger-with-hammer-ridesharing-assault-with-a-deadly-weapon-battery/.
The report “San Francisco, Los Angeles DA’s Warn Ride Service Companies Uber, Lyft, Sidecar To Halt ‘Illegal’ Practices” from KPIX 5 is available at http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2014/09/25/san-francisco-los-angeles-das-warn-ride-service-companies-uber-lyft-sidecar-to-halt-illegal-practices/.