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Uber Driver Shot to Death in Texas After Woman Mistakenly Thought She Was Being Kidnapped

Phoebe Copas Shoots Uber Driver to Death [Photo: Fox 59]
Phoebe Copas Shoots Uber Driver to Death [Photo: Fox 59]

Phoebe Copas was charged with murder in connection with the death of an Uber driver in Texas. Reports say Copas mistakenly thought she was being kidnapped by the driver, hence, shooting him in the head.

Uber Driver Daniel Piedra Garcia [Photo: NBC News]

Uber Driver Daniel Piedra Garcia [Photo: NBC News]

On June 16, Uber driver Daniel Piedra Garcia, 52, was driving Phoebe Copas, 48, to southeast El Paso, Texas when the latter allegedly saw traffic signs that read “Juarez, Mexico”. Thinking she was being kidnapped to Mexico, Copas grabbed a handgun from her purse and shot Piedra Garcia in the head.

An article in the U.S. News & World Report states that the Uber driver’s vehicle crashed into the barriers before coming to a stop on a freeway. However, the area was not in close proximity of a port of entry with immediate access into Mexico.

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Uber Driver Taken Off Life Support

According to Martinez, the Uber driver was in the hospital for several days before his family decided to have his life support taken off following doctors’ advice that the victim would not recover. A GoFundMe campaign created by Piedra Garcia’s family stated that he only recently began working again after being injured from his previous job.

Copas, on the other hand, was charged with murder last week and remained jailed in El Paso as of June 25. The suspect was initially charged with aggravated assault but is now being held on a bond worth $1.5 million. To date, court and jail records did not list any lawyer who would speak for Copas.

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