Family Of Chicago Taxi Driver Sues Uber For $10M Over Driver With 'Violent Past'


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) – Anis Tungekar, 64, was driving his taxi on September 2, 2018 when there was a minor traffic dispute near the intersection of Madison and Jefferson in Chicago.

"A video camera picked up the incident,” attorney Michael Gallagher of Wise Morrissey LLC told reporters Tuesday.

“You can see Fangqi Lu jumping out of the car, ran to the sidewalk and kicked [Anis> Tungekar with a roundhouse to the head, dropping him to the pavement. He died from brain injury and pronounced dead two days later.”

Lu was an Uber driver. A closed-circuit camera captured the escalating dispute and shows Anis Tungekar falling to the ground.

An arrest warrant was issued for Lu, and the driver was arrested that Labor Day weekend before being released.

Gallagher said the Cook County State's Attorney's Office dropped the ball, and Lu ended up fleeing to China.

"When I got out of the Lyft, he got out as well. He said do you want to fight over this. The next thing I know, he floored me. He punched me in the face, to the ear, and took off,” Gore said. “I called police and contacted Lyft, but there was no follow-up."

In hindsight, Gore said, he wishes he had been more proactive in following up with police.

Omar Tungekar said what happened to his father was preventable.

The wrongful-death lawsuit names Uber and Lu as defendants. It seeks $10 million in damages.

WBBM Newsradio has reached out to Uber and the Cook County State's Attorney Office for comment.