A San Francisco lawyer is filing suit against ride-service company Uber in connection with a New Year's Eve incident in which a driver for the firm struck and killed a 6-year-old girl at a Tenderloin street corner.
Lawyer Christopher Dolan says (by way of The New York Times and others) that his planned filing today in San Francisco Superior Court is the first wrongful-death action ever filed against Uber, a leader among what regulators call "transportation network companies." The San Francisco-based firm also faces at least two other personal-injury lawsuits in the city related to accidents that have occurred over the past 10 months.
As my colleague Jon Brooks has reported, the Dec. 31 accident involved driver Syed Muzaffar, a Union City man who drives passengers as part of the Uber network. Muzaffar came to the city on New Year's Eve, his lawyer, Graham Archer says, with the express intent to drive passengers for the company's UberX ride service and had already completed one trip.
Dolan's lawsuit (embedded in full below) picks up the story there:
19. ... [A]t just before 8:00pm, HUAN KUANG was walking home in San Francisco with her two children, ANTHONY LIU, who was 5 years old, and SOFIA LIU, who was 6 years old.
20. They approached the intersection of Polk Street and Ellis Street. When the light was green for them to walk, they began to cross Polk Street within the crosswalk.
21. As they were in the cross-walk, with the signal green for them to walk, a vehicle driven by Defendant SYED MUZZAFAR turned right from Ellis Street and collided with HUAN KUANG, ANTHONY LIU and SOFIA LIU.
22. The collision caused the wrongful death of SOFIA LIU, and caused serious and significant physical and mental injuries to the other Plaintiffs in this action.
Muzaffar was arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter.