Uber Reaches Settlement Over 6-Year-Old Killed Crossing Street

Uber Technologies Inc. reached a tentative settlement with the family of a child killed in San Francisco by a car linked to the company.

Terms of the accord weren’t disclosed in a court filing. A state judge is scheduled to rule Wednesday on a request by the company and the family to keep them confidential.

Huan Kuang was walking home with her two children, Sofia Liu, 6, and Anthony Liu, 5, on New Year’s Eve 2013 when they were struck in a crosswalk by a car driven by Syed Muzzafar. Sofia was killed. Kuang and her son were injured.

The family sued Uber and the driver, claiming that Muzzafar was logged on to the Uber app at the time of the crash. Uber drivers use the app to connect with customers. They drive their own cars.

The San Francisco-based company has said that the driver wasn’t providing services on the Uber system at the time of the accident. Muzzafar was charged with misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter.

“The Lius suffered a terrible tragedy--and our hearts go out to them,” Kristin Carvell, a spokeswoman for Uber, said in an e-mail. “While we cannot ease their pain, we do hope that this settlement helps the family move forward.”

Lawyers for the the family and the driver didn’t immediately respond to phone calls seeking comment on the settlement.

The case is Liu v. Uber Technologies Inc., CGC 14 536979, California Superior Court, San Francisco County (San Francisco).

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