A Uber driver threw himself in front of a Manhattan subway station this week, the seventh hacking – and first to work for taxi rides – committing suicide in just under a year.
Fausto Luna jumped in front of a forthcoming A-175th Street train and Fort Washington Avenue in Washington Heights on Monday, the authorities said.
Luna, 58, in Washington Heights, was saddled with rising debt and had been depressed about the money he paid, industry sources told the post on Saturday. It was not immediately clear why he pulled up so much debt, the sources said.
Luna, originally from the Dominican Republic, lived only about half and a half from where he died for about 20 years, a neighbor said on Saturday as another man left a bouquet of white flowers at his doorstep. "To offer condolences," said the person before he left.
Uber said that Luna worked for the company since 201
"We are spoiled by these news and our deepest sympathies go to Mr. Lunas family dear during this difficult time," said Uber spokesman Alix Anfang.
In the summer, the mayor submitted the Blasio team a first annual lock on e-profit cars, including Uber and Lift vehicles.
The City Council, in a 39-6 vote, approved a one-year moratorium on the issuance of new rental license licenses while studying the impact of the fast-growing industry on the city.
The new rules are also on the heels of six past suicides for drivers – mainly of yellow cabbies who said that Uber's uncontrolled expansion led to its own financial ruin.
In June, cash banded yellow about bh Abdul Saleh, 59, hung in his Brooklyn apartment.
In May, another yellow taxi driver Yu Mein "Kenny" Chow flew in East River off the Upper East Side.
In March Nicanor Ochisor, 65 – another yellow cabby – was hanging in his garage in Maspeth, Queens.
The company's black driver, Douglas Schifter, 61, killed a shotgun outside the town hall on February 5th.
In December, he delivered Danilo Corporan Castillo, 57, a suicide letter on the back of a call he received – and then jumped out through the window of his Manhattan apartment.
And in November, the livery driver Alfredo Perez hung up.
"We know change can not come fast enough, because this business model worked uncontrolled for so many years, but change will and it will get better," says Bhairavi Desai, Managing Director of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance. and despair follows this business model with low pay, saturation and lending everywhere, Uber, and the company goes all over the world. "
At a TLC meeting on Wednesday, the driver claimed Raul Rivera that the city could have prevented recent suicides.
" All want to blame Uber and Lift for the terrible suicide and the crazy mess that the taxi industry is in today, "said Rivera." If you ask me who will blame, I owe the city. I blame the City Council, I blame on TLC to let the route sharing apps do what they want with zero monitoring. "
" If another driver takes his life before doing the right thing, I personally will start an application until TLC has reformed and has removed the TLC chairman, "he says.
In a statement, Ryan Price, CEO of Independent Drivers Guild, said the organization had received a contribution from the Black Car Fund to launch a mental health program targeting hired drivers.
A community guard, organized by the New York Taxi Workers Alliance, will be held in Lunas memory at 14:00 on Sunday, starting at 175th Street and Fort Washington Avenue.