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Uber driver and mother of 4 murdered in armed carjacking caught on video: lawsuit

The family of a Pennsylvania Uber driver who was carjacked and killed last year is suing the ride-hailing giant alleging her negligent, wrongful death was preventable, according to a federal lawsuit filed last week.

Christina Spicuzza, a 38-year-old mother of four, was discovered shot dead through the back of the head around noon on Feb. 12, 2022, two days after she was last seen alive with a wanted felon in the back seat of her Uber car.

“For decades, simple, and inexpensive safety measures have been utilized that protect for-hire drivers from assault, including the installation of barriers between the front and back seats,” the lawsuit alleges. “Yet Uber did nothing to ensure Ms. Spicuzza — who was driving a vehicle rented through one of Uber’s suggested car-rental vendors — had the benefit of such protection, nor did it even warn Ms. Spicuzza of the importance of such protections.”

While Uber said it could not comment on pending litigation, canceling a trip at pickup time due to safety concerns also does not count against the driver, according to the company.

“No family should have to suffer such an unimaginable loss,” a spokesperson said. “…We are committed to the safety of drivers who utilize the Uber app. Over the years, we’ve introduced features and policies, designed with safety in mind, like the in-app Safety Toolkit, the ability to freeze rider accounts with fake names and requiring ID from riders in some circumstances. The safety of drivers is a high priority, and we’ll continue investing in safety features to raise the bar.”

Crew is due back in court on Sept. 18 for a pretrial motion hearing.

Michael Ruiz is a reporter for Fox News Digital. Story tips can be sent to michael.ruiz@fox.com and on Twitter: @mikerreports

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