Police: Woman Abducted, Robbed By Possible Lyft Driver

August 2, 2017 5:10 PM

UPPER DARBY, Pa. (CBS) — Authorities are investigating after a woman was allegedly abducted and robbed by who she believed was a Lyft driver.

Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood says 31-year-old Brittney Lough and her 21-year-old sister partied at the Voyeur nightclub in Center City, and when leaving, the older sister says she used an app to contact a Lyft driver around 4 a.m. A man in a black 4-door vehicle pulled up to take them home to Haverford Township.

At one point, the younger sister got out to get the driver a bottle of water for his medication in Upper Darby at a Sunoco on the 8200 block of West Chester Pike, but when she came out, the vehicle was gone and she called police. Chitwood says the older sister says she was eventually taken to Northwest Philadelphia, where the man demanded valuables and her phone.

Police say the man allegedly drove Lough to the 100 block of Champlost Road in Olney where he forced the woman out of the car. She told police the driver took her cell phone and credit cards before fleeing.

“She refused to give it up. He then grabbed her phone and grabbed her debit card. He then threw her out of the car, drug her out of the car, then threw her out of the car. He took off,” said Chitwood.

Lough, who is hearing impaired, was located by police Wednesday around 10 a.m. She was not injured.

Police are now looking for the suspect described as a black male between the ages of 25 to 35, with an accent. The suspect’s car is believed to be a black four-door Nissan.

Lyft said in a statement that “there does not appear to be a Lyft ride matching the time, location or vehicle provided in these reports.”

“We have been in touch with law enforcement and will continue to assist their investigation,” the company said.

The incident remains under investigation.


Woman says her Lyft driver attacked her

by: Nefertiti Jaquez Updated: Jun 20, 2017 - 10:38 AM

ATLANTA - A woman says her Lyft driver assaulted her, leaving her with bumps and bruises. A witness saw it happen and helped her call 911.

The victim told Channel 2’s Nefertiti Jaquez the attack happened along Lenox Road on June 9.

Kerri Bush said from the moment the driver pulled up he had an attitude. Seconds later, she said he attacked her.

Bush told Jaquez she needed medical attention after she claims her Lyft driver assaulted her along the Buckhead street.

"The look in his eyes, I have never seen that," Bush said.

While her physical wounds are healing Bush said she's still distraught over the incident.

"I have never had anyone attack me like that,” Bush told Jaquez. "He grabbed me and was holding me. I'm kicking him, screaming, crying."

Bush said she left work at Lenox Square and needed to get home to get ready for her second job, so she asked her boyfriend to order her a Lyft.

She said things didn't go well from the moment the driver pulled up in his silver Infinity.

“He told me I could not have a drink in his car.” Bush said. “At the time, I was like why not? Because I saw a drink in the front seat of his car. He proceeded to tell me this is his car. Take the drink out.”

She said she threw the drink away, but things escalated when he got out of the car.

“He's threatening to punch me, telling me to leave. I call 911. This man snatches the phone from my face and throws it in the middle of traffic,” Bush said. “The man pushes me from the trunk of his car, to the hood of his car, and I just slide in the street.

Moments later, she says he jumped into his car and took off. She said she reached out to Lyft but they weren't helpful.

In a statement, a LYFT spokesperson told Jaquez: “Safety of the Lyft community is our top priority. This type of violence is completely unacceptable and we take any incident like this very seriously. The driver in this incident has been permanently deactivated from the Lyft platform. We stand ready to assist law enforcement in any investigation.”

Bush said she's happy he is no longer driving for Lyft, but she said she's ready to file assault charges against the man.

Jaquez checked and Atlanta police are investigating the case. 




    Lyft driver charged with raping passenger

    by: Ross Cavitt Updated: Jan 26, 2017 - 11:28 PM

    COBB COUNTY, Ga. - A Cobb County woman said a Lyft driver sexually assaulted her on a ride home after a night out.

    A police report says a Smyrna woman used the Lyft service to ride home from an Atlanta bar to her Vinings area apartment.

    "It's a concern, especially for women," one Cobb County woman, who only identified herself as Audrey, said.

    Audrey said she has never taken a ride service, mostly because she has her own car, but also because you don't know who is taking you for that ride.

    "I'm not sure if the companies actually do a full background check to do a full history there," Audrey told Channel 2’s Ross Cavitt.

    But for one woman’s ride, it took a disturbing turn.

    A police report said instead of dropping the victim off at her apartment the driver instead stopped at a parking lot here and had sex with her. The report said the victim was in no condition to consent.

    Cobb County police tracked down the driver, Jerome Antonio Booze, of Decatur, charging him with felony rape.

    Lyft's website said they do full background checks on drivers, eliminating anyone with a felony, violent or sex crimes.

    A Lyft representative sent Cavitt a statement saying; 

    “We are devastated by this news. The individual in question has been banned from using the Lyft app. We have been assisting law enforcement and are available to continue supporting the authorities in their investigation.”

    It is unclear how long Booze had been using his Nissan Versa to drive for Lyft.

    Cobb County police told Cavitt an incident like this was a rare occasion.

    Booze is being held without bond in the Cobb County Jail. 


    Women Suing Lyft Claim Driver Showed Up Drunk, Caused Horrific Crash


    December 31, 2016 7:25 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — Two Southern California women are suing Lyft.

    They claim the guy dispatched to be their designated driver showed up drunk and caused a crash that nearly killed them.

    Lisa Hite and Teri Cortines said their Sunday morning Lyft ride last September ended in a horrifying crash.

    “I kind of felt us turning left, and next think I know, I was flipping,” said Hite.

    “I thought I was going to die in that car,” added Cortines.

    They had called a Lyft so they could have a couple drinks and watch football. Instead, police arrested their Lyft driver for being under the influence.

    He’s accused of making an illegal left turn through oncoming traffic and causing the severe crash.

    “You can’t believe at 10:00 in the morning that a Lyft driver is going to be picking you up drunk,” said Cortines.

    “It was shocking to say the least,” added Hite.

    They both went to the hospital with bruises, cuts and soreness. Hite says she even suffered a heart attack immediately after the crash.

    They’re now working with an attorney and filed a lawsuit this week against the driver and the company, Lyft.

    Attorney Paul N. Philips said the company should be doing more.

    “More regular checks, more DMV checks, probably implement driver training course,” he said.

    Lyft sent this statement:

    “Safety is our top priority and we were saddened to hear about this incident. We have a strict zero-tolerance drug and alcohol policy for Lyft drivers and any behavior threatening the safety of a Lyft community member is not tolerated. The driver has been permanently banned from using Lyft.

    “I will never be able to get into another ride-share vehicle and be comfortable again, ever,” said Hite.

    Which is a bit ironic since Hite is a driver for Uber. But she’s now questioning all ride-sharing companies’ practices.

    “I applied and did the application and gave them all my information and I was approved within 24 hours,” said Hite. “I’m not sure that’s adequate to actually check my background.”

    Both women say they’ll never be the same.

    “It was just, such a traumatic event, and it’s not just what happened that day, it’s what’s still happening,” said Cortines. “It’s the pain — I’m still in every day.”


    Lyft driver's crash with fire truck could expose shortfalls of insurance coverage

    by: Bob Ward Updated: Nov 22, 2016 - 6:44 PM

    BOSTON - There may not be enough insurance money to pay for all the damage after a Lyft driver crashed into a Boston fire truck last month.

    The driver hit the truck in the intersection of Commonwealth Avenue and Dartmouth Street, which sent the truck crashing into a row of parked cars -- causing tens of thousands of dollars in damage.

    The driver of the Chevy Equinox was working for the ride-hailing service Lyft at the time. Boston police have cited him for the crash.

    But owners of rideshare cars are suddenly realizing they’re in for a big headache as there may not be enough insurance money to pay for all the damage.

    In an email to FOX25, Lyft says because its driver didn’t have a passenger or an assignment, its insurance is limited to $25,000 for the entire crash.

    The Boston fire department told FOX25 it estimates the damage to its 20-year-old reserve fire engine, which suffered a bent frame, to be at least $50,000.

    The owner of a luxury car showed us documents that his car was valued at nearly $14,000 and it was considered totaled.

    Those two vehicles alone total $64,000, well above Lyft's $25,000 limit.

    With the number of luxury cars damaged or destroyed, the total could easily top $100,000.

    Mayor Marty Walsh told FOX25 insurance for ride-hailing services like Lyft has been a concern from the beginning.

    “I know when legislation was passed we were concerned about some of the regulations and the ability to regulate car sharing and we don’t have that ability in the city. And I think one of the check marks we were looking at was insurance,” Walsh said.

    The city hasn't made a decision on how it will move forward, it just knows that fire truck is going to be scrapped. 

    Several of the owners of damaged cars say they're looking at their own options.


    “Don’t let Uber and Lyft’s $1 million dollar insurance coverage fool you. This should be a great concern for other drivers on the streets, bicyclists, and pedestrians. Rideshare insurance coverage is NOT what you think. I’m hoping regulators in the future will understand the importance of this.”
    — A#1 Cab Dispatch- Naomi Hjelm's thoughts on this article

    Dallas woman says Lyft driver threatened, harassed her

    POSTED:NOV 16 2016 04:37PM CST

    DALLAS, Texas - A young woman says she's never using Lyft again after a driver threatened and harassed her and called her cell phone more than 40 times after she got out of the car.

    The woman wants to warn other people who use the ride-hailing service. She says she's used Lyft several times before without a problem. But it didn't take long after she got into a Lyft on November 6 in Uptown Dallas that the ride took a turn for the worst.

     She said she was waiting outside a bar that night when a car pulled up and asked if she was waiting for a Lyft. But as soon as she got into the car, she quickly realized it was the wrong driver. When she spoke up about it, she said the man behind the wheel asked for her phone number instead to arrange payment.

    “And as soon as I did, he started becoming extremely inappropriate, making obscene comments,” she recalled.

    The woman says she asked the Lyft driver to pull over and let her out, but he refused. Instead, she said he asked her to get into his front seat, which she refused.

    “He told me he wasn't going to let me out until I exposed myself to him,” she said. “I immediately just got out of the car, starting running toward the apartment complex. He got out of the Lyft and came around and started coming after me, saying ‘Hey! Get back here!’”

    But it didn't end there.

    The woman provided screenshots that showed someone calling from the Lyft driver's number and a blocked number more than 40 times. She also showed text messages from that same number that threatened to sue her and find out where she lives.

    “I was terrified,” she admitted. “I was hoping he wasn't going to keep me in the car, that I was actually going to be able to get out.”



    by Lindsey Ellefson | 5:54 pm, November 2nd, 2016

    Pamela Anderson has become quite the activist over the last few years. From shocking PETA ads to op-eds about the dangers of pornography, she’s put her fame to use when it comes to backing causes she cares about. Now, she’s turned her attention to ride-sharing.

    Ride-sharing startups like Uber, Gett, and Lyft have been under fire for years. Some cities have banned them while others have halted their operation indefinitely. The unease stems from the belief that anyone can download the app and start driving people around. Some states do mandate that drivers have the appropriate licenses, just like regular cab drivers, but that’s not enough for those who oppose the use of these apps.

    The concerns aren’t without merit. Sexual assault and other forms of violence have been associated with ride-share drivers since the services began.

    Anderson’s issues with ride-sharing, at least according to the game show-style PSA, seem to be a lack of drug testing and background checks for drivers. She asks “Driver Number 1” if he’s ever been drug tested and he responds, “No. What kind of drugs should I be testing?” The joke is funny, but the idea of riding with an inebriated driver isn’t.

    She ends up picking the “screened, licensed, and insured” Driver Number Three to take her home.

    As Us Weekly reports, Anderson has gone on the record about her own sexual assaults when she was younger, so her encouragement for fans to “think before [they] app” is obviously something she takes seriously.


    A detailed list of Uber & Lyft incidents-fatalities, rapes, kidnappings, etc.


    If you're a concerned parent or a female passenger wondering how safe this mode of transportation is, then read this stuff. It will surprise you.

    How local politicians still think it's a great way to get around they are thinking of dollars, not the safety of riders. Our local politicians should be held accountable for not regulating these companies properly.

    One thing people don't realize, if the rideshare driver turns their phone off, the vehicle is not tracking anymore for your safety. Anything can happen and no one will know about it.

    Uber’s process for onboarding drivers is dangerously negligent. Neither Uber nor Lyft uses police background-checks on their drivers. And Uber doesn’t even bother to meet with drivers in person before allowing them to transport passengers.

    The result is a series of incidents involving “ridesharing” passengers being harmed and criminal offenders behind the wheel:

    Deaths | Assaults | Sexual Assaults | Kidnappings | Felons | Imposters | Driver DUIs & Other

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