An Uber driver suffered a seizure while driving passengers around San Francisco and struck a pedestrian on August 2, 2014.
The collision occurred around 10 p.m. near Polk and Geary Streets. The driver, a 56-year-old man whose name has not been released, was driving passengers in his 2012 Mazda when he suffered a seizure, which caused him to lose control of his vehicle. He hit three parked cars before striking the pedestrian on the sidewalk.
Luckily, the pedestrian is expected to survive, sustaining only a laceration to his head. The Uber driver was also taken to San Francisco General Hospital for observation. According to San Francisco Police spokeswoman Danielle Newman, his license will be suspended until he can prove to the California Department of Motor Vehicles that his medical condition does not impede his ability to drive. The driver was also removed from the Uber app platform. The passengers inside the Mazda were not injured.
Uber has faced increased scrutiny after one of its drivers struck and killed a 6-year-old girl on New Year’s Eve. Eva Behrend, an Uber spokeswoman, called the crash “an unfortunate situation” and added, “safety is Uber’s #1 priority and we are treating the matter with the utmost urgency and care.”
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