On January 8th, 2020, Uber driver Clint Fischer Jr. was driving a passenger when he hit the back of a tractor-trailer, resulting in the death of his passenger.
A blood sample was taken from Fischer, and results showed him to be under the influence of a “greater than therapeutic amount” of meth and THC (marijuana).
“As law enforcement officers, we see the merits of these ride-sharing applications for those who are drinking or without a license,” Haines City Police Chief Jim Elensky said. “Those using these applications should be able to have the expectation that their drivers be alert, competent and sober behind the wheel. In this case, the driver’s actions cost a man his life.”
Fischer is being held on charges of DUI manslaughter, vehicular homicide, possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.
When you’re a passenger using rideshare services, it’s important to always be vigilant. If the driver appears to be intoxicated at all, don’t get in the vehicle. If you are already in the vehicle, ask him to stop so you can get out, and immediately call 911.