A Lyft driver in St. Louis raped a lady in the backseat of his automotive whereas she was drunk, authorities mentioned.
Larry Donnell Ward, 53, of St. Peters, Missouri, was charged Thursday with kidnapping and rape in the June 22 incident after a rape package confirmed the presence of his DNA, the St. Louis Submit-Dispatch experiences.
Ward picked up the lady who ordered a trip from the Tin Roof Bar after which turned off his location software program as he deviated from the path to her vacation spot, based on a possible trigger assertion obtained by KSDK.
Ward then raped the inebriated sufferer in the backseat, court docket paperwork present.
It’s unclear why the fees have been filed practically six months after the alleged assault, or whether or not Ward continued to drive for Lyft throughout that span. He has since been terminated from the ride-sharing app, firm officers instructed The Submit in a press release.
“Security is prime to Lyft, and the conduct described is appalling,” the assertion learn. “We’ve got completely eliminated the driver from the Lyft neighborhood and reached out to the rider to supply our assist. We’ve got been in contact with regulation enforcement and can proceed to assist in each means we will.”
A warrant has been issued for Ward’s arrest, however he was not in custody as of late Thursday, the Submit-Dispatch experiences.
The fees come simply days after 19 girls claimed in a lawsuit that they have been sexually harassed, abused or raped by Lyft drivers throughout the nation from 2017 by October.
The go well with, which was filed Wednesday in San Francisco, comes on the heels of a Sept. 5 lawsuit towards Lyft by 14 girls who allege the corporate’s drivers sexually assaulted them in 2018 and 2019.