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Uber driver in New York may face charges in serious car accident

A driver working for the ride-share program Uber may face charges after a serious crash in the Bronx on Sept. 30, according to local sources. A 34-year-old woman, her two children and two other children were all struck by the driver, New York police have confirmed. So far, the 57-year-old driver has not been charged for his role in the car accident, but the police investigation is still ongoing as of this report. 

The accident report says the woman and her two children, ages 5 and 8, were waiting for a school bus with two other children, ages 11 and 7. Around 7:45 a.m., the Uber driver struck the curb and went onto the sidewalk, striking all five individuals. The mother suffered head and knee injuries, but she was listed as in stable condition. The children suffered similar injuries with the exception of the 8-year-old girl. The girl is currently in critical condition with severe head injuries. 

The Uber driver remained at the scene and cooperated with police. He was apparently in good standing with the Taxi and Limousine Commission, but he has since been suspended until the police investigation is concluded. Although he has not yet been charged, charges could still be pending. 

Regardless of whether New York police decide to file charges against the driver, it can still be argued that the car accident was at least partially his fault, given that he stated he lost control of the vehicle. If this is the case, the injured parties and their families may be able to file personal injury suits against the driver, and possibly against Uber as well. Evidence of negligence or recklessness would be required for such civil suits to succeed in court. 

Source: New York Daily News, “Uber driver strikes woman, 4 kids on Bronx sidewalk, critically injuring 8-year-old girl“, Chelsia Rose Marcius, Dan Rivoli, Kerry Burke, Tina Moore, Keldy Ortiz, Oct. 1, 2015