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Lyft Driver Charged With Raping Passenger in Bridgeport

Published on May 22, 2020 at 7:19 am in News.

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On May 21, Rimon Kazzoo, 37, attended a bail hearing on a criminal sexual assault charge. The Cook County Judge Wesley Willis ordered him held on $1 million bail. Kazoo, a Lyft driver, allegedly raped a passengers outside her Bridgeport home after picking her up in Old Town.

On the evening of December 5, 2018, Kazzoo picked up a 26-year-old woman from a bar in the 1500 block of North Wells Street. According to Assistant State’s Attorney James Murphy, Kazzoo proceeded to driver north instead of the direction of the woman’s home.

She informed Kazzoo he was going the wrong way, prompting him to turn around. At some point during the drive, she fell asleep in the backseat. Upon arrival at her home near 31st Street and Wentworth Avenue, the woman reported waking up to Kazzoo sexually assaulting her.

Once she got out of the car and inside her home, she told her relatives about the attack and swabbed her fingernails. Hours later, she went to Northwest Memorial Hospital and had a sexual assault kit performed. Kazzoo’s DNA was found as a result of the test.

Kazzoo was arrested on May 20. He denied ever touching the woman who filed the rape claim against him. According to an assistant public defender, Kazzoo is a divorced father of two and has been working as a stocker for Walmart. He lives with his mother and brother. He is expected back in the courtroom on June 10.

In response to the incident, Kazzoo has been banned from the platform. According to Lyft’s spokeswoman Dana Davis, “Safety is fundamental to Lyft, and what the rider described is unacceptable. We have also been in contact with the rider to offer support.

Ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft have faced backlash repeatedly for not doing enough to protect the safety of their riders and drivers. In 2019, dozens of women sued Lyft, claiming the company should have done more to prevent driver assaults. According to an Uber report from 2018, more than 3,000 sexual assaults were reported against drivers that year.

When a rideshare driver takes advantage of a passenger in any way that results in harm or loss, that driver should be held accountable for their actions. The Rideshare Law Group represents victims of rideshare negligence on a national basis. If you believe you are owed compensation from a driver that caused you injuries, financial losses, or pain and suffering, contact us. We can evaluate your situation and help you determine how best to proceed based on your unique circumstances.