A Chicago man who allegedly posed as a GrubHub driver is also accused of becoming so irate over social distancing requirements that he struck a restaurant owner's daughter, dragging her several feet before speeding off.
Aamir Mohammed, 30, entered Ms. T’s Southern Fried Chicken on Friday to pick up a GrubHub order for delivery but employees told him to wait outside for his order to heed COVID-19 restrictions.
In response, he allegedly kicked the front glass door from within the restaurant and slammed the door in an aggressive manner, WTTW in Chicago reported.
An employee called 911 following Mohammed's alleged outburst, and several employees followed him outside to inform him that police were being called. Mohammed — who was in his car at this point — allegedly shouted at the restaurant workers and threatened to run them over if they didn’t get out of his way.
That’s just what he supposedly did then. He is accused of driving forward and running over a 24-year-old female employee.
“As the victim and witness 1 stood next to the defendant’s car, the defendant drove forward, striking the victim with his car,” Prosecutor James Murphy said Tuesday during a hearing for Mohammed, WTTW reported. “After striking the victim, the defendant dragged the victim with her body on the hood of the car and her legs underneath.”
The victim was dragged 20 to 30 feet before she was released from the vehicle, WTTW reported. Mohammed then allegedly sped off. A witness recorded part of the violent incident on his phone. In that video, uploaded by the Chicago Sun-Times, the victim has her back to a Prius as it strikes her. She was standing in front of the left corner of the car before she was hit.
WLS in Chicago has identified the victim as Bijan Early. Her mother, Angenita Tanner, owns the restaurant and said she witnessed the attack.
"I was so scared," she told the outlet. "I have never seen anything like this. It was just something crazy out of TV. It was just surreal. I thought he was going to kill my baby."
Tanner told WLS that her daughter is now on a breathing machine as a result of the incident. Early suffered broken shoulders, a broken arm, and a broken pelvis. She has had to undergo surgery on her pelvis and arm, according to WTTW. She was still in the intensive care unit as of Tuesday.
"She is sedated because she is so much pain,” Tanner told WLS.
GrubHub told Oxygen.com that Mohammed isn’t even employed with them and was misrepresenting himself to the restaurant.
“The individual charged with this crime was not a Grubhub driver and has never been contracted with us,” it said in a statement. “He was using another contracted driver's account, which is a fraudulent misuse of our platform. We have terminated the contract of the driver who owned the account and banned him permanently from our platform. We support efforts to prosecute both the individual charged with the crime and the driver who owned the account to the full extent of the law.”
"Our thoughts are with the victim and her family, and we wish her a speedy recovery," GrubHub added.
A prosecutor noted Tuesday that Mohammed has also never held a valid driver’s license, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
Mohammed turned himself in Sunday. He has been charged with two felony counts of aggravated battery, a felony count of failing to report an accident involving injury, and misdemeanors counts of leaving the scene of an accident and driving without a license. He was ordered held on a $5,000 bond Tuesday.
It’s not clear if he has an attorney who can speak on his behalf.
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