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Uber driver’s death marks 7th NYC taxi industry suicide

October 07, 2018 - 12:35 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A man working for Uber killed himself by jumping in front of a subway train in Washington Heights this week.

Fausto Luna jumped in front of a Bronx-bound A train this week, marking the seventh taxi driver, and first Uber driver, to commit suicide in just under a year.

A community vigil, organized by the New York Taxi Workers Alliance, will be held in Luna’s memory at 2 p.m. Sunday, starting at 175th Street and Fort Washington Avenue.

Luna, 58, was facing mounting debt and had been working for Uber since about 2013, according to the New York Post. He had allegedly become depressed about the money he owed.

“We are devastated by this news and our deepest sympathies go to Mr. Luna’s family and loved ones during this difficult time,” said Uber spokeswoman Alix Anfang.

The City Council and Mayor agreed to cap the number of for-hire vehicles in the city for a year in order to study the cars effects on city traffic.

The new regulation came after six recent driver suicides — mainly by yellow cabbies who said for-hire companies’ expansions led to their own financial ruin.

Many taxi drivers have been facing mounting amounts of debt as the values of their medallions continue to plummet.