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Chicago Uber Driver Charged with Reckless Homicide in Fatal Car Accident

An Uber driver in Chicago was high on marijuana when he caused a car accident that claimed the life of a 38-year-old man and injured two women.

A former Uber driver was charged with reckless homicide in a multi-vehicle crash that killed a man and injured his wife in Chicago, Illinois.

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August 8, 2017 – A judge in Cook County, Iowa, on Saturday ordered Richard Massenburg held on $250,000 bail over charges of reckless homicide and multiple traffic violations related to the crash, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Prosecutors said Massenburg had marijuana in his system at the time of the accident, around 9:50 a.m. on June 11, when he sped through a red light at the intersection of Diversey and Cicero avenues, striking the first of several cars.

The initial collision claimed the life of 38-year-old Javier Castrejon, and seriously injured his 42-year-old wife. The crash propelled the victims’ car into the vehicle ahead of them, which was driven by a 28-year-old woman, who was also injured. Massenburg’s car then continued north on Cicero until he struck another vehicle at the red light.

Upon arrival to the Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Castrejon was pronounced dead from massive trauma to the head and torso. He was a father of 2 and worked at a hardware store and as a security guard, according to his obituary. His wife sustained moderate injuries in the crash but is expected to make a full recovery, according to the Tribune.

Massenburg was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he tested positive for tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active ingredient in marijuana. Prosecutors have identified him as a driver for Uber and said the ride sharing app was open at the time of the accident, though he had no passengers.

An Uber spokesman said Massenburg was fired as soon as the company became aware of the crash. Massenburg was arrested Friday when he appeared for his traffic court hearing, and is scheduled to return to court next week.

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