Ride-sharing has become a common way for people to get around, which is why Cameron Decker didn’t think twice when he ordered a Lyft to take him to The Green Light Bar in St. Petersburg on Jan. 6.
Decker tells 8 On Your Side the Lyft driver missed the entrance, slammed on his brakes and crossed a double yellow line to try and make the turn.
The van behind them couldn’t slow down and rear-ended the Lyft, according to Decker.
Decker says both drivers pulled into the parking lot and exchanged information. That’s when Decker realized he was hurt.
“I couldn’t turn my neck left,” said Decker.
Later Decker learned he injured his neck, shoulders and back.
Instead of calling an ambulance, Decker says the Lyft driver took off. An employee from the bar nearby tried to step in.
“Jake said, ‘Your passenger is on the ground injured.’ The driver slammed the door and sped off,” said Decker.
Decker says he was the one who called the cops, but both drivers already left.
He tried to get the Lyft driver’s information from the app, but it was gone. When he called Lyft for help, he says he didn’t get very far.
“The representative was extremely loud and yelling ‘I can’t give you that information,’” he said.
8 on Your Side reached out to Lyft and was sent this statement:
“The safety of the Lyft community is our top priority. We have been in touch with both the driver and passenger involved to offer our support, and we stand ready to assist with any law enforcement investigation. Lyft’s insurance carrier has been notified about the incident, and an adjuster has been assigned to assist with the claims process.”
Decker says he hopes that process is fast. As a musician, he needs to be able to have medical treatment so he can perform again.
“It is extremely frustrating. I can’t do anything. I can’t make money, so how am I gonna pay my bills in a couple of weeks?” asked Decker.