“It’s their responsibility. He was working for them.”
— Huan Kuang, mother of 6-year-old Sofia Liu, who was struck and killed by a car on New Year’s Eve in San Francisco, in a report by the San Francisco Business Times. The driver, Syed Muzzafar of Union City, was affiliated with Uber, and Kuang wants the San Francisco on-demand car service to pay damages. Kuang and her two children were hit by Muzzafar’s Honda Pilot SUV when they were crossing the street in a crosswalk; Muzzafar was arrested and may face vehicular manslaughter charges. Uber confirms he was a “partner” driver — not an employee — and denies any responsibility, saying Muzzafar was not with a passenger or on his way to pick up an Uber customer. Uber’s insurance does not cover such incidents, but some think Uber should be responsible for its drivers at all times, much like taxi services. Uber claims it shouldn’t, saying it is merely a platform for drivers and passengers to meet, not a true transportation service. Uber issued a statement Monday: “Our hearts go out to Sofia Liu’s family. We extend our deepest condolences and welcome the opportunity to discuss the family’s concerns at a time of their choosing.” The way it’s looking, that time and place may be in a courtroom.
At top: Screenshot of the accident scene from KGO-TV.