Sofia Liu: Family to File Lawsuit Charging Uber With Death of 6-Year-Old Girl (Update)

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Sofia Liu
This morning, the attorney representing the family of 6-year-old Sofia Liu who was killed while walking home from her grandmother's house on New Year's Eve, tweeted some interesting news: Uber will be sued.

According to the below tweet, which came from Christopher Dolan, the suit will be filed later today.

Liu was hit by a car on Dec. 31, 2013 as she walked with her mother and little brother though the Tenderloin. She died instantly. Police later arrested 57-year-old Syed Muzzafar, on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence and failure to yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk.

Muzzafar, who worked for Uber, claims he was driving around, looking for a fare when the accident happened. However, Uber insisted the driver was not working at the time.

We contacted Uber for comment, and will update when we hear back.

Meanwhile, you can make a direct donation at any Wells Fargo branch to "The Sofia Liu Memorial Fund" (account #9153578845).

Update: Here's a copy of the lawsuit:

Uber Liu Update

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How exactly do these smart phone driven ride sharing services fit with the state and national efforts to combat distracted driving? Smartphone Apps are  extremely dangerous to use while driving on the busy streets of San Francisco.

If you are looking at a smartphone and not at the road, bad things can happen (especially in SF) where you have lots of pedestrians and bike messengers and trucks.Drivers are supposed to be looking at the road and not at their phone for their next fare.  

City Cab drivers have been complaining about these ride sharing services since Day 1 so put the blame directly on the San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency (SFMTA) who is supposed to be regulating these ride sharing services. 

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