Teen, 16, stabs her Uber driver to death with a machete

Teen, 16, stabs her Uber driver to death with a machete
PHOTO: Reuters, Facebook

We've heard of Uber drivers from hell who were found to have robbed or assaulted their passengers.

But what about the passengers? Nothing compares to this next case, where a 16-year old teenager by the name of Eliza Wasni stabbed her Uber driver, Grant Nelson, to death.

The incident occurred shortly after 3am on Tuesday (May 30) in Lincolnwood, Chicago, US.

According to Washington Post, Wasni walked out of a suburban Walmart holding a machete and knife she'd stolen, climbed into an Uber car, and began hacking the driver.

Eliza WasniPhoto: Facebook/Eliza Wasni

Nelson was able to pull over and run into a nearby condominium building, where he screamed, "Help me, help me! I'm going to die!" until residents called 911.

The victim, Grant NelsonPhoto: Facebook/Grant Nelson

Wasni then reportedly climbed into the front seat of Nelson's blood-splattered silver sedan and drove away. When she struck a divider on the road, she jumped out of the vehicle and fled on foot.

When Lincolnwood police arrived, they found blood on both the inside and outside of the vehicle.

Officers followed the trail of blood and found Nelson lying on the grass. He was bleeding profusely from several wounds but was able to tell officers what happened and described his assailant.

He succumbed to his wounds and died at a nearby hospital a few hours later.

Police tracked and found Wasni nearby, crouching behind an air conditioning unit. When she refused to cooperate with the police's instructions to drop her weapons, she was tasered and taken into custody.

Despite her age, she was tried as an adult. According to Daily Mail, Wasni has been charged with first-degree murder.

Supports and words of consolation have poured in from Nelson's family, friends and colleagues.

His sister, Alex Nelson, described him as a good man.

"He was not a vindictive person," Alex Nelson said. "He was not a cruel person. He didn't deserve this fate."

Investigations are ongoing to determine Wasni's motive behind the murder.

akosasi@sph.com.sg

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