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UPDATE: Sela Ruth Araujo de Henriquez, Syed Waseem Ali Killed In San Francisco Lyft Car Accident By The Intersection of Third Street and Paul Avenue


Jun 25, 2019

Sela Henriquez San Francisco Syed Ali San Francisco: Sela Ruth Araujo de Henriquez, Syed Waseem Ali Killed In San Francisco Lyft Car Accident By The Intersection of Third Street and Paul Avenue –> Go Fund Me For Family of Syed Waseem Ali

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA (June 24, 2019) – Two people identified as Sela Ruth Araujo de Henriquez and Syed Waseem Ali have tragically died in a hit-and-run Lyft car accident by the intersection of Third Street and Paul Avenue. 

San Francisco police are saying that the accident took place around 1:00 a.m. Sunday morning when the driver of a Mercedes was speeding and ran a red light. The driver of the Mercedes hit a Lyft being driven by Syed Waseem Ali who was transporting  Sela Ruth Araujo de Henriquez.

Two passengers in the Mercedes were injured, but the driver decided to flee the scene. Firefighters and paramedics rushed to the scene, but Sela Ruth Araujo de Henriquez and Syed Waseem Ali were later pronounced dead due to their injuries. 

Sela Henriquez leaves behind three sons, two grandchildren and was remembered warmly by her relatives.  Jesus Henriquez, her son, told reporters “She was a very nice good Christian.” She was an active member of  Iglesia Maranatha. A Go Fund Me account for Sela Henriquez Araujo’s family has been set up to help with funeral expenses. 

San Francisco Police are asking anyone that may have knowledge about the driver of the Mercedes that caused the accident to reach out to them at 1-415-575-4444.

Liability In Lyft Accidents

All drivers have a responsibility to operate their vehicle in a reasonably safe manner and drive according to the prevailing conditions of the road. Drivers that are involved in collisions must stop and remain at the scene. According to California Vehicle Code 20001, “The driver of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to a person, other than himself or herself, or in the death of a person shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident and shall fulfill the requirements of Sections 20003 and 20004.”

It is a felony to flee the scene of an accident that causes bodily injury or death. Drivers that flee will likely face civil as well as criminal liability. Unfortunately, the hours between midnight and 2:00 a.m. contain a disproportionate number of drunk drivers. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), “In 2017, 15 percent of all drivers involved in fatal crashes during the week were drunk, compared to 28 percent on weekends.” Any person that died in an accident while inside a Lyft is protected by a number of laws. 

Like it’s competitor Uber, Lyft has fairly extensive liability coverage in the event that a driver or any passenger are injured. According to Lyft’s website all of their drivers have: UM/UIM coverage – UM/UIM stands for “uninsured/underinsured motorist.” This policy provides up to $1 million per accident in the event of an accident with a driver who is “uninsured or underinsured and is ultimately at fault for bodily injury caused to you and/or your passengers.” There is no deductible for this policy.

The family of any person that died in a Lyft accident may be able to seek justice through California Code of Civil Procedure 377.60. Potential claimants in a civil claim may include a victim’s children, mother, father, brothers, sisters and spouse. Damages can help cover emotional trauma, funeral expenses and lost wages. There are, however, very strict statute of limitations associated with pursuing a claim, so it’s important to act quickly. A Lyft accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your options are. 

Investigating A Lyft Car Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the families of Sela Ruth Araujo de Henriquez and Syed Waseem Ali. Two good people were lost in this senseless tragedy. Any person that may have knowledge about the driver of the Mercedes that caused the accident should reach out to the SFPD so that they can be brought to justice. There needs to be some accountability.

Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a car accident in San Francisco. There are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of personal injury attorneys can investigate your claim free of cost and help make sure that your rights are being protected. We care deeply about making sure that accident victims get the support and justice that they deserve. Whether you need more information about an accident or just have questions about your rights we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285. Se Habla Español.

San Francisco Lyft Accident: Sela Ruth Araujo de Henriquez, Syed Waseem Ali Killed In San Francisco Lyft Car Accident By The Intersection of Third Street and Paul Avenue

UPDATE: Sela Ruth Araujo de Henriquez, Syed Waseem Ali Killed In San Francisco Lyft Car Accident By The Intersection of Third Street and Paul Avenue

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