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RideAustin Statement regarding Alleged Rape of Passenger
Austin, TX – October 16, 2017
No person should ever have to experience sexual assault. The safety of RideAustin riders is our number one priority and upon being notified by the Austin Police Department (APD) of the alleged assault, Andy Tryba, CEO of RideAustin, immediately reached out to the APD and provided RideAustin’s full assistance. Though the incident was still under investigation - RideAustin deactivated driver Osmani Limonta Diaz from the RideAustin platform as well as proactively notified the other rideshare platforms that the driver was known to work. RideAustin will continue to do everything we can to fully support and cooperate with the APD’s investigation into the matter.
RideAustin remains committed to taking steps we believe will help protect our riders. This driver had no previous history of criminal activity and passed both the fingerprint-based background check as well as the social-security-based background checks. RideAustin will continue to use both of these - as well as expand our female-only driver options (an option for women riders to request only women drivers). We will also continue to evaluate of our practices to ensure the safest possible experience for our riders.