Ride service Uber faces lawsuit after fatal San Francisco crash
SAN FRANCISCO (REUTERS) - The family of a young girl killed by a driver affiliated with fast-growing private transportation service Uber sued the company on Monday, claiming it should be liable for the child's death.
On New Year's Eve Sofia Liu, 6, her mother and younger brother were hit by a car in a San Francisco cross-walk and Liu died, according to the lawsuit. At the time of the crash, driver Syed Muzzafar was logged on to the Uber X smartphone app and was available to provide rides, the lawsuit said.
In a statement immediately after the San Francisco crash, Uber said the tragedy did not involve a vehicle "doing a trip on the Uber system", and that Uber "deactivated" the driver's account. The company declined further comment on Monday.
Uber lets people summon rides at the touch of a smartphone button and has entered more than 60 markets, ranging from its hometown of San Francisco to Berlin and Tokyo.