In Chicago on Monday, April 4th, an Uber minivan pulled out of a parking lot, headed southbound on 60th Street when an off-duty firefighter driving a pickup crashed into the side of the minivan. The vehicle was pushed into oncoming traffic. The Uber driver, Yoruba Sly-Lundasi, was killed on impact, along with his passenger, Wendell Jen Johnson.

Police reports indicate that the 31-year-old firefighter at fault had just left Brewers home opener and was drunk at the time of impact.

Uber stated the following: “We were deeply saddened to learn of the tragic deaths of our driver-partner and rider. Our hearts go out to both of the victims’ families during this incredibly difficult time.”

The firefighter was arrested and awaits formal charges. “I can tell you he is absolutely devastated by what’s going on. In all honesty in speaking with him he seems more concerned about the other families that are involved and he’s grieving for them,” said Julius Kim, the firefighter’s attorney. “It’s surreal, I think, when something like this happens and then he finds himself on the other end.”

KPMG Chicago stated: “Ken had a deep passion for his work and loved our Chicago Office and being a member of the national Risk Consulting practice. He was not only a respected colleague, but a friend to many of us. He will be dearly missed.”

Unfortunately, this is not the firefighter’s first alcohol-related arrest. Two years ago, he was convicted for operating a firearm while under the influence.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a drunk driving accident, don’t hesitate to contact us at 1-800-INJURED so we can connect you with aggressive legal representation and help you through what we know are difficult times.


Category: Car Accidents