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Uber: Driver Who Hit Pedestrians In SF Tenderloin Worked For Us

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) -- Uber confirmed Thursday that the driver of a vehicle which struck 3 pedestrians in San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood New Year's Eve, killing one, was a "partner" driver for the Internet ride-sharing service.

Uber, which matches riders to private cars via a smartphone app, released a statement Thursday confirming that Syed Muzzafar, 57, of Union City was a driver for the company and said it has deactivated his account.

Uber officials said he did not have a passenger in his car at the time of the collision.

Muzzafar, 57, of Union City, was arrested following the death of 6-year-old Sophia Liu, who was struck as she crossed the street with her mother and brother at Polk and Ellis streets at about 8 p.m. Tuesday, police said.

Muzzafar was turning right when he struck the victims, who were walking in the crosswalk, police said.

He was booked into custody on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence and failure to yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk and posted bail at about 11 p.m. Wednesday, sheriff's spokeswoman Susan Fahey said.

"We again extend our deepest condolences to the family and victims of this tragic accident," the company said in a statement posted on its website.

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