Earlier this week, 16-year-old Eliza Wasni was arrested for killing an Uber driver. Wasni reportedly stole a machete and a knife from a Walmart in Chicago in the middle of the night on Tuesday. After walking out of the supermarket, she called for an Uber ride, only to attack the 34-year-old driver from behind as he was driving.
The victim, Grant Nelson, received several deep stab wounds on his upper body and barely managed to escape by driving into a nearby driveway, leaving the car and calling for help at a condominium. As he collapsed close to the building, Wasni took control of the car but crashed into another vehicle. While she escaped the car and ran, residents called the police. Officers found the damaged car as well as the bleeding Nelson, who was still able to explain what had occurred to him. But Nelson died of his wounds at the hospital hours later.
Police officers were able to identify Wasni thanks to the driver’s Uber app and found her near the crash site, only dressed in bra and leggings, with her shirt lying nearby. The officers were forced to use a stun gun to incapacitate her after she refused to drop her weapon.
With no motives or excuses, she was charged as an adult for first-degree murder. She is to be held in a juvenile facility without bail.
Uber has been dealing with several struggles lately, but a passenger violently attacking and killing a driver is far from a common occurrence. The company spokeswoman expressed grief for Grant Nelson in a statement. Nelson’s sister lamented the incident publically in a news conference.