According to the Chicago Tribune, a young woman was sexually assaulted by an Uber driver based out of the 1700 block of North Spaulding Avenue in Logan Square Chicago, Illinois.
The woman woke up after a night out at the Clark Street bars on June 2, 2022 zip-tied by the wrists. She was in the back of a car parked inside a parking lot. Uber driver, Christopher Molina, unbound and sexually assaulted her for approximately 15 minutes despite her pleas to stop. Molina then drove her to her home in the West Loop. The victim was taken to a local hospital and a sex assault kit was performed. Police were able to track the car to a private owner who showed a contract verifying that Molina rented it for the day the attack took place.
Uber said that Molina has been banned from using the ride-sharing app. He is facing aggravated criminal sexual assault, kidnapping, and unlawful restraint charges.
Attorney contributor Brian Kent helps victims in Illinois file lawsuits for sexual assault. During a recent conversation, Brian shared his thoughts on the legal options available for victims sexually assaulted by an Uber or Lyft driver.
It is becoming common for people to rely on the safe transportation option of rideshare drivers. This is especially true for those that may have been consuming alcohol. Sadly, there has also been an increase in sexual violence in this industry. Numerous riders and even drivers have become victims of harassment and sexual assault. For this reason, many lawsuits have been filed against Uber and Lyft."
"Rideshare companies have a legal obligation to maintain a level of security. Detailed background checks of all drivers and cameras inside vehicles are just a couple of essential security measures that offer protection and safety to the rider and drivers. When security is not up to par, the company can be deemed negligent in a civil lawsuit. In many cases involving security neglect, the victims may have grounds for a civil lawsuit and even be entitled to compensation. "