17-year Old Kills Ghanaian Lyft Driver in the US
Forty-five (45) year old Ghanaian Lyft driver in the United States, Elijah Newman was on Thursday shot dead by 17-year old Torian Wilson in St..Louis, USA.
Newman, father of five, was found dead in a car shortly before 11 p.m. Thursday in the 1200 block of Peggy Court, east of Riverview Boulevard in the Baden neighborhood. He had been shot in the torso.
Officers responding to the shooting on Thursday found a bullet casing in the driver’s seat, St. Louis Officer Thomas Walsh wrote in a probable cause statement. A Lyft-branded light was on the dashboard of the vehicle. At the shooting scene, detectives were informed of recent reports of ride-sharing company drivers being carjacked in the surrounding area, Walsh said.
Detectives searched records of ride-hailing trips and linked them to Wilson’s email address, Walsh said, though the email account was set up under the name of a “Robert Henderson.”
Detectives used a search warrant to trace Wilson’s cellphone and located him within a 1,700-meter radius of where Newman had been shot, Walsh said.
Police found Wilson with a handgun in a bag, Walsh said. The gun matched the bullet casing found by Newman’s body.
Meanwhile, authorities on Saturday charged a Torian with first-degree murder in the killing of Newman. According to charging documents, Wilson admitted to being at the scene of the shooting after police apprehended him nearby with a gun that matched a bullet casing found next to Newman’s body. Detectives found Wilson by tracing his phone, after linking his email address to a series of recently reported car jackings of ride-hailing companies in the area, police said.