One would think that when employing drivers, even contractors, that are tasked with driving people around cities, background checks would be employed. However, according to a recent lawsuit, companies like Uber and Lyft use budget background screening checks. These background screening checks don’t access some criminal databases or go as far back as the law allows. This has led to the background checks failing to catch drivers with a criminal history. In 2017, Chicago to change the background check service it uses when it failed to catch the criminal history of a convicted terrorist.
WSBTV reports on one woman’s terrifying encounter with a Lyft driver who refused to stop.
A Lyft passenger, who requested that she remain anonymous, said that the Lyft driver picked her up at 2 a.m. Sunday on 14th Street at Howell Mill Road. She asked the driver to take her back to her car at Inman Park.
She became concerned when the driver began making unexpected turns.
She said that the entire trip should have taken 10 to 15 minutes and she had been in the car for about 20 minutes when she began feeling something was wrong. One the driver reached Ralph McGill Blvd and Central Park Place, she asked the driver to stop.
This is when she said that the driver accelerated. At that point, she said that she flung herself out of the car, going back over belly, into the street.
She said that the driver got out to check her injuries, then fled the scene.
Witnesses to the incident called 911 and she filed a police report with Atlanta Police. A spokesperson for Lyft said that the driver has been banned.
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