Lyft Faces Lawsuit Due to Oklahoma City Rideshare Driver with Past Rape Accusation
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Lyft Faces Lawsuit Due to Oklahoma City Rideshare Driver with Past Rape Accusation

According to a recent report by KFOR News 4 in Oklahoma City, Lyft is facing a lawsuit from a metro woman who claims that Timothy Green, a former Lyft driver who know drives for Uber, raped her while on the job three years ago.

In 2018, charges were presented to the Oklahoma County District Attorney’s Office, but were dismissed due to a lack of evidence at the time, according to Oklahoma City police.

Greene, now working for Uber, is in police custody in Logan County following rape charges from an alleged 2021 crime, according to an affidavit. Greene has been accused of first-degree rape and kidnapping charges during an Uber ride on May 14, 2021. According to the victim, she had consumed three beers and two tequila shots at a bar in Edmond before calling for an Uber.

When she did not arrive  home, her husband began tracking her location by cell phone GPS. When he drove to the location not far from the couple’s home, he saw another man outside of a black Jaguar with his shirt off according to court documents. The victim’s husband told investigators when the man saw him, he drove off. The affidavit reveals the car belonged to Greene.

The alleged victim at first only remembered waking up and ringing the doorbell at some random person’s house. The woman told investigators her underwear was inside her purse. Later, she told authorities she was raped by Greene.

The woman consented to a sexual assault exam and she was transported to the Stillwater Medical Center by authorities. SANE nurse Kayla Pierce arrived at the medical center and performed the SANE exam on the victim. Pierce reported the victim had abrasions and bruising with defined redness in the chest/breast area. Pierce also noted that there was grass debris present on the Labia Minora. Pierce told investigators that she believes that the victim was indeed raped.

Unfortunately, the Oklahoma County District Attorney’s Office did not believe there was enough evidence to charge Greene for the alleged 2018 rape. The case against Greene shows how lax the background checks companies such as Lyft and Uber conduct. A driver can jump from one ridesharing platform to another following allegations of a violent crime against a passenger. This is how Greene was able to move over to Uber, where he has since been accused of assaulted another passenger, after leaving Lyft for a similar alleged crime. This system is broken. The team of compassionate attorneys at Estey & Bomberger have made it our mission to fight for the rights of those who have been hurt by these predatory Lyft and Uber drivers in order to hold the companies accountable for these terrible crimes.