Lyft sued over fatal crash

Shane Holland, a 24-year-old Sacramento man, died after an accident while taking a Lyft ride home on a rainy night. His mother, Donna Dinapoli, and his boyfriend, Brady Lawrence, are suing Lyft over the November 2014 crash near Sacramento that killed Holland and injured Lawrence. They claim that Lyft is dragging its heels on taking financial responsibility for a crash that the California Highway Patrol says was the Lyft driver’s fault.

“Lyft’s $1 million liability policy, which includes uninsured/underinsured liability coverage, is designed to provide coverage for Lyft drivers to protect passengers and third parties,” Lyft wrote in a statement. A source familiar with Lyft’s position on the case said the company has not disclaimed responsibility for the accident, which was the young company’s first fatality. The legal case, which is still in the discovery process, also is likely to have a lengthy timeline. Dinapoli’s attorney said he hopes to go to trial by the end of the year.

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