Lincolnwood, IL - A sixteen-year-old female, Eliza Wasni, has been charged as an adult with first degree murder in the stabbing death of an Uber driver, according to The Chicago Tribune.
Grant Nelson, age 34, who lived in Wilmette, was a driver for the ride-sharing company Uber. He was dropping off a passenger, Wasni, about 3:20 AM on Tuesday near Touhy and Lincoln Avenues when the attack happened.
Lincolnwood police said that they responded to a report of "a man screaming for help" and found Nelson, who had been stabbed several times. Despite how badly he was wounded, Nelson was able to give police a description of his attacker. He was then transported to Presence St. Francis Hospital, where he later died.
During a search of the area, police located a suspect who matched the description that Nelson made, and who was identified as Wasni, behind a nearby building "in possession of two weapons believed to have been used in the commission" of Nelson's death. She was taken into custody, and "declined to make a statement."
In a statement, an Uber spokesman said "We are heartbroken by the loss of one of our partners, Grant Nelson. Our deepest sympathies and prayers are with his family and loved ones during this incredibly difficult time.”
On Uber's website, one requirement is that a person must be 18 to use the service. The spokesman did not address that issue in the statement, of why Wasni was using Uber since she is 16.
No other details have been released, and Wasni's motive is unknown.
Nelson's friends said "it was heartbreaking" to hear what had happened, according to ABC7 Chicago. One friend and co-worker, Mike Foley, said that Nelson had often talked about the 'late-night dangers of driving'.