Driver Accused Of Murder Sues Uber For $10m

Jason Dalton claims the ride-sharing company “ripped” him off and would not let him spend time with his children.

A man who told police that a “devil figure” on the Uber app was controlling him when he allegedly killed six people in western Michigan is suing the ride-sharing company for $10m.

In a handwritten complaint, Jason Dalton claims he is “currently in prison because of Uber”, but does not mention the shootings in Kalamazoo.

Dalton is accused of fatally shooting six people and wounding two others between picking up passengers for Uber in the city on 20 February.

In the lawsuit, filed in US District Court in Detroit, he claims the company “ripped” him off and failed to pay him back wages and overtime.

He wrote: “I busted my butt for them. They gave me no Christmas bonus, I wasn’t invited to any corporate parties, they made me work when I was sick and didn’t let me spend time with my two children.

“My life is ruined because of Uber. My wife is divorcing me because of Uber.”

Uber has said Dalton began working for the company in January this year.

In a statement, it said: “It’s hard to know how to respond to someone who refuses to take responsibility for his own actions.

“Our hearts go out to the victims’ families who have to live with the consequences of his terrible crimes.”

Dalton is charged with murder and attempted murder over the shootings, which took place in three separate locations in the city.

According to documents released by police on Monday, Dalton told investigators that when he opened the Uber app “a devil head popped up on his screen and when he pressed the button on the app, that is when all the problems started”.

The 45-year-old has been ordered to undergo a mental competency exam.