Uber passenger, 20, claims driver grabbed her and hit her in the face

Uber passenger, 20, claims driver grabbed her and hit her in the face when she tried to escape after he started asking ‘weird sexual questions’ and refused to stop the car

  • Shannon Loughrey shared photos of injuries she said she sustained last week
  • She claimed she had used the Uber taxi to get to boyfriend’s house
  • Ms Loughrey, from Birmingham, said she was attacked when she tried to escape
  • Claimed she was slapped by the driver after he asked ‘weird sexual questions’ 

A female Uber passenger claimed she was grabbed and hit in the face by her taxi driver when she tried to escape after he allegedly started asking ‘weird sexual questions’ and refused to stop the car. 

Shannon Loughrey shared photos of injuries she said she sustained following the alleged attack in the Uber car in Birmingham, in the West Midlands. 

The 20-year-old claimed she was attacked after she had taken an Uber taxi to get to her boyfriend’s house.

She claimed she was grabbed and slapped by the driver after he asked ‘weird sexual questions’ and she tried to get out of the car. 

A female Uber passenger claimed she was grabbed and hit in the face by her taxi driver when she tried to escape after he allegedly started asking ‘weird sexual questions’ and refused to stop the car

Ms Loughrey’s images appear to show cuts on her neck and legs, as well as blood covering her lips. She had used digital paint to censor part of the image of her lips.  

Ms Loughrey uploaded the shocking images to Twitter on Thursday but they have since been deleted.

They were captioned: ‘Just spreading a little awareness for the girls out there.

‘I’d hate for something that happened to me to happen to someone else. Please be careful and avoid getting taxis alone. The world is a nasty place.’

Shannon Loughrey shared photos of injuries she said she sustained following the alleged attack in the Uber car in Birmingham, in the West Midlands

The 20-year-old claimed she was attacked after she had taken an Uber taxi to get to her boyfriend’s house

She explained how she was taking an Uber to her boyfriend’s house when the driver apparently began asking ‘weird sexual questions’.

She said: ‘I was really uncomfortable and pretended I was on my phone but, it was dead and I started to panic a bit.’

Her anxiety grew when he allegedly refused to stop at a petrol station and instead turned into a ‘dead end.’

She added: ‘He’s still driving and I’ve gone to open the door and he grabbed my leg and stopped the car, the back seat door was open and he was still trying to pull me on my leg.

‘Stupidly, I wasn’t sat directly behind him so it was easier for him to [get] a hold of me, he hit me in the face and had me by my neck. 

I was able to push him off from me and ran.

She explained she went back to the petrol station which the driver had driven past and called the police.

She claimed she was grabbed and slapped by the driver after he asked ‘weird sexual questions’ and she tried to get out of the car

Ms Loughrey added: ‘Girls please never get in an Uber alone and if you do sit behind them as it would make it harder for them to try and grab you.’

Her post prompted an outpouring of concern.

One person wrote: ‘Really sorry to hear this. Hope you make a full recovery.’

Another added: ‘Jesus Christ. I hope you’re okay. It’s a sad and terrifying world we live in today, and these sick weirdos have no idea or concern about the sort of impact this has on their victims’ lives.’ 

A third wrote: ‘Jesus it’s scary out here. I’m scared for my daughters.

‘I pray he is caught and serves time and that you recover from this attack.’

An Uber spokeswoman said: ‘There is no place for this kind of behaviour in the Uber community, and we are currently investigating this incident.

‘During investigations we usually remove a driver’s access to the app, and if the allegations prove true, an individual would likely face deactivation.

‘We work closely with the police to assist with any investigation’.

West Midlands Police have been approached for comment.  

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