Posted November 19, 2018 06:13:25 The death of a driver in a fatal crash with a vehicle is being investigated as an apparent act of negligence, a spokesperson for Uber said in a statement.
The driver, a 30-year-old Uber driver in California, was driving with a passenger in his UberX SUV on Sunday afternoon when the car collided with a minivan driven by another Uber driver, the company said in the statement.
It is unclear what prompted the crash.
The National Transportation Safety Board said in an advisory that it is investigating the crash, which occurred about 1 p.m. in the area of Rodeo Drive and Post Road in West Sacramento.
The NTSB said in its advisory that investigators have received a report that the crash is “likely a homicide.”
The agency did not provide further details about the crash and said it is not aware of any witnesses.
The company said it had suspended the driver and has reached out to his family.
The accident was the third fatal crash involving an Uber driver since it began operations in California last year.
The ride-hailing company’s top executive has repeatedly faced criticism for driving at times dangerously, including for using a personal cellphone while driving, which Uber has also said is not permitted.
The California DMV had been investigating the incident after receiving a report from the California Highway Patrol, the agency said.
The DOT was assisting the agency with its investigation, according to the agency.
Uber did not immediately respond to a request for comment.