By Steve Pope | September 4, 2018
A McKees Rocks woman who claims she drives for the ride sharing service Uber, faces serious charges after police say she struck a man and drove off Friday evening. The woman also admitted to taking methadone and heroin earlier in the day.
Savannah Williams, 28, of McKees Rocks, faces charges of accidents involving death or personal injury, recklessly endangering another person, DUI, careless driving and reckless driving.
On Aug. 31 at approximately 8:40 p.m., Stowe Township police received a call for a hit-and-run accident in the 1100 block of Dohrman Street. Upon arriving police spoke with Eugene Lindsey who said a silver Nissan had, “swerved into him and struck him on the hip,” which caused him to fall. He added that the driver’s side mirror, “would be hanging from the vehicle,” according to the criminal complaint.
Mr. Lindsey’s injuries do not appear to be serious. The complaint does not say whether he immediately received medical treatment.
Police obtained the car’s license plate number from a man who witnessed the accident and told police he saw the Nissan, “swerving all over the road and possibly striking the male.”
After checking the car’s registration police determined that Williams owned the car. They were able to make contact with Williams at her home on Russellwood Avenue, which is just several blocks from Dohrman St. Police say they, “immediately noticed that Williams’s pupils were pinpoint and she was swaying while standing and slurring her words.”
Williams told police that she had not driven her car for several hours and no one else had driven it either. When asked about the damage to her driver’s side mirror, Williams said “she had hit a cone.”
After repeated questioning and being told by police that several witnesses had “witnessed her vehicle on the road within the last half hour,” Williams admitted that she had driven the car within the past hour, “but it wasn’t for long,” she said. According to the complaint she also told police, “she had used methadone earlier in the day and also shot ‘dope’ meaning heroin.”
Police say Williams became “irate” and pulled away from officers yelling, “Shut the [expletive] up you fat [expletive]” as officers attempted to put her in a police car.
On her publicly available Facebook page Williams posted that she “Works at Uber.” Williams also responded “Yes” to a private Facebook message sent on Sept. 1 asking if she still drives for Uber. However, the criminal complaint does not mention Uber, or that Williams was driving for Uber at the time of the incident.
A spokeswoman for Uber said in an email Tuesday, that Williams is no longer an active Uber driver and she was not on a trip for Uber at the time of the incident. According to Uber’s “Community Guidelines” the company “does not tolerate the use of drugs or alcohol by partners while driving.”
A preliminary hearing in the case is scheduled for Sept. 11 and Williams was released from the Allegheny County Jail on a non-monetary bond.
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