Uber cancels service to Hawaii after a driver allegedly raped a passenger

Jul 1, 2021 Electrical

Uber has canceled its Hawaii trip after a man allegedly raped one of its drivers.

The San Francisco-based ride-hailing service said Friday that its Hawaii team will be returning to the state of Hawaii at the end of the week.

The company said that its drivers were involved in a case in which the driver was booked into the county jail and was not able to make a booking to continue working for the company, according to a statement provided to CNN.

The driver had been booked into jail after being found guilty of felony assault in a court in Kailua-Kona, the statement said.

The driver, a 26-year-old man who did not want to be identified for legal reasons, told police he had met the woman in an Uber vehicle and then drove her to a friend’s home.

She told police she was sexually assaulted, according the statement.

The man told police that after he was released from jail, he and his friend met with a woman in the same Uber vehicle who he believed to be the victim.

That woman told police the man was the driver.

The victim’s boyfriend was not present at the time, the man told authorities, and the driver said he had no idea who the driver actually was.

Uber said the driver also claimed that he had a girlfriend.

Uber released a statement saying it was taking the allegations “very seriously,” and that the company would “conduct a thorough investigation and ensure that our drivers are held to the highest standards.”

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