Fearing for her life, the Vallejo woman escapes her Lyft ride and files a lawsuit against the company.
A Vallejo, Calif., Woman, Gsa Gsa Ward, has filed a recent lawsuit against Lyft in the San Francisco Supreme Court alleging that she had a particularly traumatic experience. Her driver “turned into a dark alley, stopped the car and locked the doors, forcing her to escape the vehicle’s window,” they allege.
Ward claims she called the driver to take her from her home to a nearby supermarket just after 1:00 a.m. in April 2019. The lawsuit states: “Ms. Ward believed it would be safer to greet a Lyft ride than to walk at night. “Lyft didn’t give her the full name of the driver, but the app said he rode with” Rex “.
“Shortly after the journey began, Rex drove off course and turned into a dark side street without explanation,” says the suit. “MS. Ward asked Rex what he was doing and got no answer so she started patting him on the shoulder to get his attention. Rex then stopped at the curb, stopped the car and locked the doors. As When the man knocked again, he responded with the only sound she had ever heard from him, a gurgling “mm mm” sound that he made after she gave him directions to the petrol station with the store, then Rex lowered his sun visor, revealing a crystal meth pipe. Ms. Ward exclaimed, “Oh no!” and Rex reached for something Ms. Ward couldn’t see. “
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At this point, Ward was about to get out and tried to open her door, but it was locked. She had to try to escape through the window. “When Mrs. Ward climbed through her window, Rex tried to close the window on her,” the suit claimed. But she managed to pull herself out and ran home.
Before she had a chance to call Lyft, Ward said she received a call indicating that the company had received a report that it had exited the drive over the window. Lyft asked her if she did this because she didn’t want to pay. “
“She also received an email from Lyft at 1:20 am admonishing her not to jump out of the car when it was moving, when she could simply ask the driver to stop to let you out.” so the suit.
Ward’s filing comes at the same time Lyft is being charged with “mass killing” of dozens of women for sexually assaulting drivers. Uber also had several claims for inappropriate driving behavior.
Lyft responded to her case: “Safety is fundamental to the company. Since day one, we’ve developed products and policies that help protect drivers and drivers, and we will continue our work to make Lyft an even safer platform for our community. The company added that it “requires initial and annual background checks for drivers and has ongoing surveillance for crime and driving records. Passengers can access emergency aid at any time via the app and reach a living person after a trip. “
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