Lawsuit claims Uber withholding identity of driver suspected in hit-and-run incident that left victim permanently brain damaged

HOUSTON – A lawsuit has been filed by the family of a man who was left with brain damage after being struck by a hit-and-run driver on July 22, 2022.

Joaquin Iraheta was outside a popular bar in Midtown when he and his brother called for an Uber after the business closed, according to the lawsuit.

Around 2 a.m., the suspected Uber driver that showed up reportedly struck Iraheta with his vehicle and then fled the scene.

As a result of the crash, Iraheta says that he suffered a traumatic brain injury.

The lawsuit was filed against Uber after claiming Iraheta’s family made multiple attempts to contact the transportation company which has failed to respond or provide additional information about the driver’s identity.

“Uber’s behavior throughout this ordeal has been reprehensible,” said Iraheta’s mother, Ana Iraheta. “We as a family have been dealing with so much as our son goes through a very lengthy recovery process. Uber should do the right thing and help us bring to justice the person responsible for this instead of obstructing and obfuscating as they have been up until this point.”

The Irahetas’ attorney, Mo Aziz, and family members attended a news conference Thursday to answer questions regarding the lawsuit.

KPRC 2 has reached out to Uber for a statement but has not heard back as of this writing.

About the Author

Award-winning journalist, mother, YouTuber, social media guru, millennial, mentor, storyteller, University of Houston alumna and Houston-native.