Sofia Liu, 6, was struck while she crossed Polk and Ellis streets with her mother and younger brother around 8 p.m. The driver was turning right when he struck the family, who were in the crosswalk.
Syed Muzzafar, 57, of Union City, was arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence and failure to yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk. Muzzafar worked as an Uber driver. Uber is a popular company that matches riders to private cars via a smartphone app. His account with the company has since been deactivated. At the time of the collision, Syed Muzzafar was not driving with an Uber passenger.
Sophia’s death marked the 20th pedestrian death of 2013 – the highest number of fatalities since 2007.