Two rideshare deaths, one resulting from an accident and the other from a shooting, occurred in Charlotte, North Carolina on Saturday, February 1, 2020.
According to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and WSOC-TV, Konjit Frangulis, 40, ordered an Uber shortly before 1:30 p.m. The rideshare driver, Geoffrey Adams, 57, picked her up and began traveling to her destination. While en route, the 2014 BMW was traveling south on East W.T. Harris Boulevard near Delta Lake Driver when it crossed the concrete median in the center of the road. It entered the opposing lanes and ran off the road. Before coming to rest in the northbound lane, the car struck a utility pole and two trees.
At the time of the crash, Frangulis was not wearing her seatbelt. She was thrown from the vehicle and suffered fatal injuries. Adams, who is expected to be okay, was taken to Atrium Health’s Carolinas Medical Center.
While police said Adams was not impaired when the wreck occurred, he was charged with reckless driving and misdemeanor death by a vehicle. Uber responded to the accident, saying “Our hearts go out to the rider and her family. The driver has been banned from the app and Uber is cooperating in the police investigation.”
Later in the evening on February 1, a gunman fired shots into a rideshare vehicle in northeast Charlotte. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg police were called to the scene just before 5 p.m. on Old Concord Road near W.T. Harris Boulevard and Newell Park.
Investigators said a car was following behind the Uber and pulled alongside it when an unidentified person fired shots into the backseat. The rideshare driver drove away and called 911. One of the passengers, Jacquez Moore, 19, was pronounced dead at the scene. The other passenger, an unnamed woman, was taken to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The Uber driver was not hurt.
Authorities believe the passengers were targeted. Uber responded to this incident as well, saying “Our thoughts are with the rider and his family after this disturbing shooting. We’ve reached out to the driver and will be checking on the wellbeing of the other rider involved. We stand ready to support the law enforcement investigation.”
While it’s unlikely Uber would face any legal issues in regard to the shooting, there is potential for the family of the rideshare accident victim to hold the driver accountable for his actions. When families are dealing with the loss of a loved one after a crash, the Rideshare Law Group can help manage the claim and ensure proper compensation is awarded. Contact us to learn more today.