August 14, 2017 — A former Uber driver in Chicago who caused a deadly car accident has been charged with reckless homicide.
Richard Massenburg, 52, was held on $250,000 bail and charged with 1 count of reckless homicide and numerous traffic citations, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Prosecutors say Massenburg had marijuana in his body at the time of the crash, which occurred at around 9:50 a.m. on June 11. He allegedly sped his 2015 Nissan Altima at 81 mph through a red light at the intersection of Diversey and Cicero Avenues and hit several cars.
The first collision killed 38 year-old Javier Castrejon and injured his 42 year-old wife. The force of the collision also pushed Castrejon’s car into another car, injuring a 28 year-old woman. Massenburg continued driving north until he hit a third car that was stopped at a red light.
A spokesman for Uber said Massenberg had the app open at the time of the crash, though he had not passengers at the time. Massenberg was fired as soon as the company became aware of the crash.
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