Vallejo Woman Sues Lyft Over Alleged Kidnapping By Driver With Meth Pipe
A Vallejo woman filed a lawsuit against Lyft in April 2019 over a failed drive that required her to climb out the window of the car to escape a creepy driver.
Gsa Gsa Ward says she called a Lyft around 1am that April morning to take her from home to a nearby supermarket because she thought it would be safer than walking alone in the dark. But, as reported by Mercury News, the drive that greeted them quickly became frightening when they said the driver had gone off the track and “drove down a dark back street with no explanation.”
According to Ward’s lawsuit, the driver, whose name was only listed on the app as Rex, didn’t respond to their questions, stopped at the curb and locked the doors. She says the man just made “a gurgling” mm mm “sound when she patted him on the shoulder and tried to ask why he went off course.
“Rex then lowered his visor and revealed a crystal meth pipe,” claims the suit. Ward exclaimed, “Oh no!” and Rex reached for something Mrs. Ward could not see. “
And according to the suit, Ward then struggled with the door to get out of the vehicle, it stayed locked, and she lowered the window and got out – and “Rex tried to close the window on her,” claims the suit.
Ward says Lyft refused to ever give her the full name of the driver and to make matters worse, the company allegedly asked her after the ride if she climbed out the window before the end of the ride, because she tried to get away without paying.
“She also received an email from Lyft at 1:20 am admonishing her not to jump out of the car when it was moving, when she could simply ask the driver to stop to let you out.” it says in the suit.
It’s a bizarre and disturbing story, but not necessarily surprising given other situations women have described with Uber and Lyft drivers over the past several years. In 2019 Lyft was hit by two lawsuits that have become “mass killing” on behalf of dozens of women alleging sexual assault or harassment by drivers. And the suits followed revelations in an investigative article in the Washington Post that women believed their claims against drivers were neglected by Lyft’s customer service team and resulted in little or no disciplinary action against the drivers.
Lyft said in a statement on Ward’s suit, “From day one we have developed products and policies that help protect drivers and drivers, and we will continue our work to make Lyft an even safer platform for our community.” The company also said they did initial and annual background checks for drivers and added an emergency assistance option to the Lyft app itself.
Ward’s lawsuit is looking for unspecified damage and she says Lyft failed to protect her and hired her negligently.