Suffolk DAs office

Uber driver charged in teen's car surfing death

November 05, 2018 - 4:52 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- An Uber driver has been charged in connection with the car-surfing death of a teenage passenger.

Ryan Mullen, 15, and two friends hired an Uber on Sept. 23.

The teens paid driver Danyal Cheema $40 to let them car surf on top of the Toyota SUV to make a Snapchat video, according to prosecutors.

“Ryan Mullen is on top of the vehicle, the car is in motion, he’s essentially car surfing, he falls off the car, hits his head on the pavement,” Sini said.

Mullen suffered a traumatic brain injury and died hours after he arrived at a friend's house following the ride, WABC reported.

Authorities have charged Cheema, 25, with manslaughter.

“He was contracted to safely bring those boys home, and he failed to do that,” Sini said.

"Words cannot describe how deeply troubled we are by this incident. Our thoughts are with the rider's family during this difficult time. This driver has been permanently removed from the app," Uber said in a statement.

Cheema pleaded not guilty at his arraignment. He is being held on $200,000 bond.