Uber Faces Lawsuit over Girl's Death in San Francisco

Driver was alleged logged into app when he struck girl


An attorney representing the family of a 6-year-old girl killed by a driver for ride-sharing company Uber on New Year's Eve said he planned to file a wrongful-death lawsuit Monday against the company and the driver.

The suit, a copy of which was distributed by the attorney, Christopher Dolan, alleges that the driver of the vehicle—an Uber contractor—was logged onto the Uber app at the time he fatally struck Sofia Liu, and was waiting to receive and accept a ride request.

The company declined to comment Monday. In the past, Uber has said the driver, 57-year-old Syed Muzzafar of Union City, was not providing services on the company's basic UberX system because he did not have a passenger with him.