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Uber ride in downtown Charleston leads to lawsuit

Chris Hunt says he was assaulted after an Uber driver struck a parked car and fled the area. (Source: Live 5) Chris Hunt says he was assaulted after an Uber driver struck a parked car and fled the area. (Source: Live 5)
Uber has denied that it is responsible for the incident. (Source: Live 5/File) Uber has denied that it is responsible for the incident. (Source: Live 5/File)
CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

An Atlanta man is suing Uber after a ride he took in downtown Charleston last August ended with his assault.

Chris Hunt says he was using the ride-hailing service when one of its drivers hit a parked car just before dropping him off on Hanover Street.

The suit claims the owner of the parked vehicle and his friends chased the Uber vehicle. Hunt says the driver then ordered him and other passengers out of the vehicle and sped off.

The owner of the vehicle then attacked Hunt, causing injuries. 

"We did nothing wrong, we did exactly what we were supposed to do," Hunt said. "I wasn't the only member of the group to get assaulted, I got the worst of it. We go back to Uber and the driver wiping their hands clean saying, 'I had nothing to do with this.' It's disappointing, frustrating."

Hunt filed suit against Uber, alleging negligence and negligent hiring, supervision and retention.

In a response to the suit, Uber denies responsibility for the incident because the driver they say, was an independent contractor and that they did not own, operate or control the vehicle.

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