Uber cites background checks, other safety information after former driver's arrest
In response to an Uber driver confessing to dumping the body of a woman he picked up in December, the company is releasing safety information to help passengers.
A company spokesperson said all drivers are subjected to a background check to verify the person's driving and criminal history in national, state, and local databases.
"We follow all applicable local laws when reviewing the results of the motor vehicle/criminal screening to determine eligibility to drive on the Uber app," the spokesperson wrote.
Also included were tips to make sure you will get to your destination safely, including making sure the car and driver match the information in the Uber app, tracking the car as you ride, and using a cross street to pick up or drop off.
The company asks that riders provide feedback and contact customer support if you have any concerns.
Police report that Charles Hunt, Jr. said his passenger, Kathleen Capra of Forestbrook, overdosed on drugs before he dumped her body just across the North Carolina state line.
Capra's father reportedly told investigators that his daughter had a history of drug abuse.
The Uber spokesperson said Hunt was a driver for a few months and has been permanently removed from the app.
They called this case "very disturbing."