A Lyft driver has been charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, and recklessly endangering another person in a shooting in York, Pennsylvania on June 24, 2020.
Henrietta Rice and her nieces, Rosemarie Elliot and Mae Harris, ordered a Lyft around 3 a.m. on June 24 after a family gathering. An argument broke after Rice requested that the window be rolled down. Initially, the driver, Jerry Miller, 51, of Newburg, Cumberland County, acted like he didn’t hear the request.
He eventually unlocked the windows; however, he started calling Rice dumb and stupid repeatedly. He ordered the three women to get out of the vehicle near the intersection of East College Avenue and South George Street. Rice and Elliot got out, but Harris was momentarily locked inside after informing Miller she’d be asking for a refund from the ridesharing company.
Once Harris stepped out of the vehicle, Miller reach down and pulled out a handgun. He fired a single shot. The bullet hit the curb and a fragment struck Harris in the leg. As a result of his charges, Miller is set to appear for a preliminary hearing on August 13. He is currently free on $25,000 unsecured bail.
While the York County Public Defender’s Office told Miller not to talk to reports, Miller told the York Daily record he has “never, ever in my entire life been arrested or anything.” He said it was “more than likely” the National Rifle Association would get involved in his case, but failed to elaborate any further.
In response to the shooting, Dana Davis, a spokesperson for Lyft, had this to say: “The behavior described is unacceptable, and a violation of our strict no-weapons policy for both riders and drivers. Upon becoming aware of the incident, we permanently removed the driver from the Lyft community and reached out to the rider. We stand ready to assist law enforcement.”
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