According to WSOC-TV, a woman was sexually assaulted while a passenger during an Uber ride-share in Matthews, NC.
A woman claims she was raped by an Uber driver while taking a ride-share trip home early Saturday morning October 15, 2022. Just before 6 a.m. police were called to the Novant Health Matthews Medical Center regarding the sexual assault report. The victim told police that 45 year old Vicente Diaz-Gomez picked her up around 3 a.m. She said Diaz-Gomez took advantage of her being “physically helpless and unconscious” and pulled over somewhere to sexual assault her inside the car.
Diaz-Gomez was arrested later that day. He is facing second-degree rape charges for the attack.
Attorney contributor Kristen Beightol, an experienced licensed lawyer in North Carolina, has represented numerous victims of rideshare sexual assaults seeking justice through civil lawsuits. Kristen recently discussed when victims sexually assaulted by an Uber driver could sue.
“People trust rideshare services to get them from one place to another without thinking of the dangers of sexual assault. Sadly, there have been numerous reports of sexual assault by rideshare drivers. These companies are tasked with ensuring the safety of the passengers by implementing basic safety measures. These measures should include background checks, verifying sufficient licensing, and in-cab dashcams. Rideshare companies, such as Uber and Lyft, have a legal responsibility to do everything they can to protect their passengers. ”
“If a rideshare company does not have adequate safety measures and a driver sexually assaults a passenger, the company may be deemed negligent. If the company fails to investigate complaints against their drivers properly, they can be held liable. Many times, in cases of negligence, victims sexually assaulted by a driver could have sufficient grounds for a lawsuit against the rideshare company.”