Authorities claim that a 16-year old girl who hailed an Uber taxi in Lincolnwood, Chicago went on to kill the driver with a knife in one hand and a machete in the other. While the story seems unbelievable from the outset, the girl was found in just her undergarments, with her shirt and other clothes having blood spots.
The 16-year old girl, Eliza Wasni, who was later arrested and then presented in the court later, has been denied bail, citing strong evidence against her and apparently no sign of foul play on the part of the Uber driver.
Prosecutors have claimed that the girl actually took away both, the knife and the machete from Walmart store without paying at around 3 a.m. The 34-year old driver who was driving Hyundai Sonata that night was attacked from behind with both, the knife and machete as he started driving towards the destination.
Officials claim that she started stabbing the 34-year old man merely two minutes in the car. The driver, who has been recognized as 34-year-old Grant Nelson, somehow stopped his car and ran into a nearby blocks of flats, profusely bleeding. Eyewitnesses are said to have seen him badly injured and crying for help. He was heard yelling “Help me,” “Help me, I’m going to die.”
Prosecutor told the court that the girl tried to get away from the spot by trying to drive the car, but soon rammed into a median and took off on foot. After residents called 911, police arrived to find a bloodstained car, and a trail of blood leading from the parkway around the side of the building.
On Wednesday, the 16-year old girl was brought for her first court appearance. During the entire hearing, the girl kept her eyes mostly to the floor as a Cook County judge ordered her held without bail in the killing of Grant Nelson of Wilmette. Prosecutor called the killing “heinous” and “not provoked in any manner.” Prosecutors said Nelson, 34, had picked up Wasni early Tuesday a few blocks from a Walmart in Skokie and, minutes into the ride, near the corner of Touhy and Lincoln avenues in Lincolnwood, she began stabbing him. He managed to pull over his Hyundai and run to a nearby condominium building lobby, where he pushed buzzers and yelled, “Help me, help me. I’m going to die,” Assistant State’s Attorney Michelle Cunningham said.
Officials have come with complete sequence of event. Cook County prosecutors said during Wasni’s hearing that Nelson had been her third Uber driver on the night of the attack, according to ABC Chicago. Prosecutors said that there is Walmart surveillance video showing Wasni walking around “nonchalantly” before stealing two knives. Officials claim that Nelson was driving his gray 2015 Hyundai Sonata sedan when he was killed. NBC Chicago reports that there is “grainy” surveillance video that showed the Nelson’s car stopped with someone walking out of it at Hampton Place Condominiums around the time of the attack.
The family of Nelson’s sister has been shattered beyond imagination. His sister while talking to NBC Chicago said that her brother was an amid animal lover. Alex Nelson said that he was especially in love with her family’s dog, Lilly. Alex Nelson added, “He had probably the most extensive collection of classical music of anyone I’ve ever met in life… I want people to know Grant was a good person. He was not a vindictive person. He was not a cruel person. He didn’t deserve this fate.”
On the other hand taxi hailing service, Uber released a statement condoling the death. “We are heartbroken by the lost of one of our partners. Our deepest sympathies and prayers are with his family and loved ones during this incredibly difficult time”, the statement said.