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Ex-Uber driver guilty of manslaughter for killing girl in SF crosswalk

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250 Rider
 Posted 4 years, 5 months ago

This guy had no chance.  

A former Uber driver who fatally struck a 6-year-old girl in a San Francisco crosswalk was found guilty of manslaughter Thursday in the 2013 New Year’s Eve tragedy that spurred changes for the ride-hailing company.

Syed Muzaffar, 61, of Union City, was found guilty of misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter in the death of Sophia Liu after two days of deliberations by a San Francisco Superior Court jury. Muzaffar, who no longer drives for Uber, plowed into Sophia, her mother and 3-year-old brother as they crossed Polk Street near Civic Center around 8 p.m. Dec. 31, 2013.

After hitting Sophia, Muzaffar reversed his vehicle back over her body before getting out, prosecutors said.

I didn't realize that this was his defense.  I guess I have heard that before.

"Muzaffar’s attorney argued that a blind spot in the driver’s vehicle prevented him from seeing the family when he struck them.

The case exposed a gap in auto insurance coverage for Uber drivers, who at the time were not covered by the company when they had not yet picked up passengers. In 2014, Uber extended auto insurance coverage to working drivers whose vehicles have no other passengers.


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    113 Rider
     4 years ago

    It this picture from the Uber App or is it the mug shot?

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       4 years ago

      Yeha, why do these mugshots always look so scary.  Is that intentinoal by the camerman.  I mean, this creepy smile makes him look like a serial killer.

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       4 years ago

      what's the difference.  LOL.

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    1072 Rider Driver
     4 years ago

    With hundreds of thousands of drivers, each driving tens of thousands of miles per year, these things ARE going to happen.  Tragic but inevitable.  This is just another example of media overhype of anything or anyone associated with Uber.

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     4 years ago

    Was this dude on an uber shift when this happened?  This "x-driver" description just makes it confusing.  That can mean he was once Uber driver and now he isn't and then ran over a child.

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     4 years ago

    Double tap sealed his deal. 

    As we all learned in Ferris Bueller's Day Off, driving the car backwards does not undo your wrongdoing.