Woman Charged With Murder After Shooting Uber Driver Because She Thought He Was Trying To Abduct Her


A woman has been charged with murder after shooting her Uber driver last week because she thought he was attempting to kidnap her, PEOPLE reports. 

Texas investigators revealed that 52-year-old Phoebe Copas wasn’t in danger adding that the 53-year-old driver, Daniel Piedra Garcia, wasn’t

“veering from Copas’ destination.”

According to El Paso officials, Copas is being held behind bars on a $1.5 million bond. A relative of the driver revealed that he was sadly taken off life support. 

In a GoFundMe post, Garcias’ wife revealed that he was

“the sole provider for our family”

adding that he

“was very happy to finally be able to work and bring home income.”

The wife continued to write that he was happy to bring in income as a Uber driver after he hurt his knee at another job, which caused him to get surgery back in April. 

Copas’ of Kentucky was visiting her boyfriend in Texas when she contacted Uber to take her to see her unnamed beau at a casino after he got off of work, reports KFOX14. Officials say Copas reportedly grew anxious when she allegedly noticed road signs for

“Juarez, Mexico.”

Officials added,

“At some point during the drive, Copas thought she was being taken into Mexico and shot Piedra.” 

Officials informed KIVA that the woman pulled out a firearm and shot the Uber driver in the back of his head and wrist, which resulted in the car crashing. Before Copas contacted officials, she took a picture of the encounter and forwarded the image to her boyfriend. 

“The investigation does not support that a kidnapping took place or that Piedra was veering from Copas’ destination,”

authorities said. 

It’s unclear if the woman entered a plea deal or if she has an attorney to speak on her behalf. 

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