Driver flees deadly crash involving Uber driver in West Town

The Uber driver and a passenger were treated on scene for minor injuries. The 42-year-old driver told police he had the green light. A traffic camera on …
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CHICAGO —Police are investigating a deadly hit-and-run crash in West Town.

Around 2:30 a.m. Thursday, a woman was driving a Pontiac minivan southbound on Halsted when she ran a red light at Madison Street, and was hit by an Uber driver in a Toyota Camry.

The woman who caused the crash jumped out of he minivan and fled the scene.

A 28-year-old man, who was a passenger in the minivan, was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Three women who were also in the minivan were injured, and transported to the hospital in stable condition.

The Uber driver and a passenger were treated on scene for minor injuries. The 42-year-old driver told police he had the green light.

A traffic camera on the intersection should have footage of exactly what happened.

Detectives appeared to be processing evidence from inside the van.

Police have not released a description of woman who fled the scene.

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Best Cars for Uber Drivers – From Uber to Uber XL

As an Uber driver it’s incredibly important that you are giving your customers a 5 star ride, your job literally depends on it! Plus, the better your ride and …

As an Uber driver it’s incredibly important that you are giving your customers a 5 star ride, your job literally depends on it! Plus, the better your ride and the more fuel efficient it is, the more profitable your shifts will be! We take a look at the best cars for Uber, Uber black and Uber xl. Whatever your needs might be, there is a car for you!

2019 Honda Accord

2019 Honda Accord

2019 Honda Accord

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The Honda Accord has been a favorite of families for years, due to its dependability and just overall functionality that the Honda Accord offers. It offers plenty of cabin space, great gas mileage, sporty handling, with plenty of room for long trips to the airport or wherever else you might be taking people.

The cabin space of the Accord has 40.4 inches of rear seat legroom and 55 inches of hip room, one of the best measurements of the entire list. Your passengers will be very happy with the amount of room they have to do whatever they desire. Not to mention, you’ll enjoy how good the fuel mileage is and this leads to an increased profit margin. One of the best cars for an Uber driver.

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2019 Toyota Camry

2019 Toyota Camry

2019 Toyota Camry

A car that has sometimes literally stood the test of time, this car has seen it all. The Camry is known for its long-lasting dependency and reliability. While similar to the Honda Accord in its legroom and great fuel economy, it’s not got quite as much pep on the wheel however it’s not one that you’re going to get tired in behind the wheel, driving all day.

Overall, the Camry is one of the best cars for Uber, featuring its upscale cabin and very big seats. Rear legroom is 38 inches and hip room is 54.7 inches. A Wi-Fi hot spot comes standard, which is a really great feature, especially if you are going to be using your Uber to transport international customers around the airport, as sometimes they might need a Wi-Fi Hotspot.

Best Car for Uber Black

An emerging market is Uber Black, a higher scale option so some cars won’t apply. However, if you’re looking to get into this market, here’s what’s necessary: Sedan or full-sized SUV with a black exterior and interior, vehicle should be at least 2014 or newer, must seat at least four passengers (sedan) or six passengers (SUV), driver is required to have commercial registration and insurance and Airport permit is required. Here are the cars that we’ve picked as the best cars for Uber Black.

Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

The GLS is engineered and made to set the bar very high for 7-passenger luxury SUVs. Its legacy of leadership includes the S Class and G Class. LED lighting, 19-inch wheels and with a body style both muscular and aerodynamic all at the same time. It includes, “Heated power front seats, a second row that reclines and a power-folding third row with adult-sized comfort. No matter where you take a seat in the GLS, it takes you to a place where leadership is omnipresent: in roominess, in refinement and in its rewards. Available innovations range from massaging front seats to a vast Panorama roof”. This is a high-class vehicle and one of the Best for Uber Black.

Best Car for Uber XL

Lastly, the second most popular division of Uber is the Uber XL. The requirements for Uber XL: 4 doors, must seat 6 or more passengers, excluding the driver and must be a 2004 or newer. Uber car requirements vary by the city for the corresponding year as well: In-state car insurance, In-state plates, current car registration, no marked, taxi or salvaged vehicles and must pass the Uber vehicle inspection.

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2019 Cadillac Escalade

2019 Cadillac Escalade

2019 Cadillac Escalade

The staple of luxury and an XL Vehicle, one of the best cars for Uber XL. A Leather-wrapped instrument panel, console and door uppers, Semi-Aniline leather seating surfaces for first and second-row seats,18-way adjustable front seats with massage, sueded microfiber headliner and pillar trim, center console with cooler, unique exotic wood trim, premium floor mats and platinum sill plates make the Cadillac Escalade the ultimate ride for your Uber XL’ers. It also has a Rear Seat Entertainment System: Includes 2 independent DVD 7-inch diagonal full-color screens on the back side of front-row head restraints. You will be rolling in pure class in an Escalade, it’s one of the best cars for Uber XL.

Whichever car you decide to go with, it’s very important to remember what your goal is. Generally speaking, Uber regulars have more volume than the XL just because it’s not as needed. However, with an XL it might be worth your time. If you’re wanting to get into Uber and you realize your car doesn’t apply, take this list of suggestions and you will soon be on your way to becoming a successful Uber driver. Good Luck!

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Uber driver who died of heart attack driving on Highway 101 near Cotati identified

Amy Corman of Petaluma was driving to work in Santa Rosa Wednesday afternoon on Highway 101 when she came upon a scene along the …

Amy Corman of Petaluma was driving to work in Santa Rosa Wednesday afternoon on Highway 101 when she came upon a scene along the northbound freeway and stopped near Cotati, where an Uber driver suffered a fatal heart attack behind the wheel and his two passengers leapt from the backseat of his Toyota Camry.

A woman who turned out to be a good Samaritan was assisting the male and female passengers after the harrowing incident just south of the Highway 116 offramp.

Corman, a caregiver for elderly and mentally ill patients, took instructions from the unidentified woman relayed from dispatchers on the phone and started performing chest compressions on the driver who the CHP identified Thursday as John Tobin, 50, of Petaluma.

“Even though she said he didn’t have a pulse, I went ahead and did the CPR,” Corman said.

The two women took turns performing CPR on Tobin before emergency responders arrived a few minutes later, Corman said. Tobin was transported to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly after 2 p.m., according to CHP.

Joe Laughlin, a close friend of Tobin, said he was a “do-anything-for-anybody kind of guy,” quick to make friends and enjoyed helping others. Driving for Uber was a natural fit for Tobin because he loved talking to people, Laughlin said. In his younger years, Tobin was a star high school quarterback at Terra Linda High School in San Rafael.

“He affected people. He was good to people,” Laughlin said. “I can’t even put it into words to be honest. He’s one of the greatest guys you could meet.”

The passengers in Tobin’s Camry, Lydia Thuku, 58, of Kelseyville, suffered minor scrapes, and Joseph Njuguna, 46, from Washington state, was not injured, CHP Officer David deRutte said.

They jumped out of the car after Tobin was obviously stricken ill about 1:35 p.m. and became unresponsive, then the car drifted off the road onto the shoulder slowing to about 5 mph.

“The spot where he left the road, he was heading toward a group of redwood trees, and I guess they decided that wasn’t going to end well,” said Rancho Adobe Fire Protection District battalion chief Mike Weihman. Tobin’s Camry didn’t end up hitting the redwood trees, and instead came to a stop.

Uber spokeswoman Carly DeBeikes saw a story Wednesday about the incident on the Press Democrat’s website and responded Thursday with a statement emailed to the newspaper.

“We are devastated by this news and our hearts go out to John’s family during this tragic time. Our thoughts are with the riders involved and their families as well,” DeBeikes said, noting the passengers’ fare was refunded.

Staff Writer Andrew Beale contributed to this story.

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An Uber driver from Petaluma died after suffering a heart attack on northbound Highway 101 in Cotati on Wednesday afternoon in an incident that led …

An Uber driver from Petaluma died after suffering a heart attack on northbound Highway 101 in Cotati on Wednesday afternoon in an incident that led his two passengers to leap from the moving vehicle, according to CHP and the Rancho Adobe Fire Protection District.

The 50-year-old male driver was stricken ill about 1:35 p.m. while driving a white Toyota Camry on the freeway just south of the Highway 116 offramp, CHP Officer Matt Pinheiro said.

The driver was in the middle lane of the highway with two Uber customers in the backseat of his car when he suffered the medical emergency — later determined to be a heart attack — and became unresponsive, Pinheiro said.

The Camry drifted off the road onto the shoulder, slowing to about 5 mph when the passengers “ended up exiting the vehicle at a slow roll,” he said. The driver’s name was not released Wednesday night because his family was not yet notified, Pinheiro said, and names of the passengers were not immediately available.

Rancho Adobe Fire Protection District batallion chief Mike Weihman said the passengers apparently made a split-second decision to leap from the moving vehicle in order to avoid a potential crash into nearby trees.

“The spot where he left the road, he was heading toward a group of redwood trees, and I guess they decided that wasn’t going to end well,” he said.

The car did not end up hitting the redwood trees, and instead rolled to a stop a short distance from where the passengers leapt from the vehicle, Weihman said.

One of the passengers ran to the vehicle and began performing CPR on the driver until medical first responders arrived, he said. Rancho Adobe Fire Protection District personnel put a defibrillator on the driver, and when paramedics arrived, they transported him to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital. Pinheiro said the Uber driver was pronounced dead when he arrived at the hospital, shortly after 2 p.m. There was no damage to his Camry.

You can reach Staff Writer Andrew Beale at 707-521-5205 or at andrew.beale@pressdemocrat.com. On Twitter @iambeale.

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