After a night out drinking and partying, an Uber or a Lyft driver can get a person home safely, allowing for someone to have a designated driver with the touch of a screen. However, while many people may seek out the services of Uber, Lyft, or a taxi, not everyone who drinks will do so. Unfortunately, this puts the people who do act safely at risk. KTLA reports on a college student in critical condition after her Uber car was hit by a suspected drunk driver.
After spending an evening out with friends, 21-year-old Ashley Elizabeth Murray decided to share an Uber home with a male companion. At about 2:10 a.m. on Friday, December 22nd, a driver ran a red light and slammed into the Uber vehicle they were taking home.
Murray sustained severe traumatic brain injuries in the accident and had to undergo several surgeries. She still had not regained consciousness. Her friend, identified only as Blake, was also seriously injured in the crash. The Uber driver did not sustain any serious injuries but complained of pain.
24-year-old Jossy Patrick Avalos was arrested in connection with the accident. He was charged with felony DUI causing great bodily harm along with other felony charges. He pleaded not guilty the following Wednesday and is being held on $250,000 bail. His next court date is January 11th.
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