Lyft fined for not alerting Chicago about suspended driver

 
 
Updated 8/13/2019 6:54 PM

CHICAGO -- Ride-share company Lyft will pay a $10,000 fine for not alerting the city of Chicago about a suspended driver who was working for Uber when he allegedly killed a cab driver.

Lyft admitted it violated Chicago municipal code requiring ride-share companies to notify the city when they deactivate drivers. City officials say the ordinance is intended to flag dangerous drivers so they can't work for other companies.

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Lyft was hit with the maximum penalty for failing to report it deactivated driver Fangqi Lu for punching a passenger in July 2018.

Lu was working for Uber on Sept. 2, 2018 when he argued with Anis Tungekar, a 64-year-old taxi driver. Attorney Michael Gallagher, who represents Tungekar's family, said Lu kicked the victim in the head causing him to fall unconscious and die.

Chicago police issued a warrant for Lu's arrest in Tungekar's killing, but officials say he has fled to China.

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