Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn
A female student enrolled in a post-graduate program at a university in Kansas City, Missouri referred to as “Jane Doe” is suing Uber Technologies, Inc. and an Uber driver previously convicted of felony attempted first-degree murder that she claims sexually assaulted her, according to court documents.
Court documents claim the defendant – Yahkhahnahn Ammi – was convicted of felony attempted first-degree murder with intent to kill based on a beating of a 15-year-old boy. After serving his term of 16 years in prison in Madison County, Illinois, Uber authorized Ammi to drive customers as an Uber driver.
Plaintiff Jane Doe alleges the defendant Ammi raped her on January 28, 2017. Court documents also claim that several weeks before Plaintiff was allegedly raped, Ammi “viciously assaulted a woman in St. Louis, Missouri” on December 25, 2016. That woman submitted a “Serious Incident Report” with Uber.
The lawsuit reads: The St. Louis victim’s report provided Uber with Ammi’s full name and date of birth, birth name, a description and date of the assault, and the fact Ammi had a warrant out for this arrest. The report also included a stark warning to Uber: “It is not safe to allow your riders to ride with him!”
The suit claims “after Uber failed to take any steps to protect the public from Ammi, Plaintiff summoned an Uber through the Uber App, which paired Plaintiff with Ammi. Once connected through the Uber App, Ammi provided several rides to Plaintiff, which resulted in Ammi’s rape of Plaintiff Jane Doe.”
Plaintiff is suing Uber for counts of Negligence, Negligent Hiring and Retention, Fraudulent Concealment, Violation of the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act, and Negligent/Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress. Plaintiff is suing both Uber, as a “Common Carrier,” and Ammi for Assault and Battery.
The demand for jury trial for Jane Doe v. Uber Technologies Inc. and Yahkhahnahn Ammi, Case No. 1716-CV12741 filed in the Circuit Court of Jackson County, Missouri at Kansas City, on June 27, 2017, is at www.scribd.com/document/352469081/Jane-Doe-v-Uber-Technologies-Inc-Case-No-1716-CV12741.
According to Uber, drivers undergo a Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) review and a background check. To pass, drivers must have a minimum of one year of U.S. licensing history, a clean MVR with no major moving violations, no more than three minor moving violations in the past three years, and a clean criminal record.
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