CHICAGO --A rideshare driver was battered by his passengers and crashed an SUV into a Brainerd neighborhood home early Monday on the South Side, police said.
The self-employed 51-year-old man picked up five male passengers in the 1400-block of West 93rd Street and drove them around for at least three hours, according to Chicago police.
When he got back to the pick-up location about 12:35 a.m., two of the passengers battered the driver's face, police said. He accidentally pressed the gas pedal and the SUV crashed into a building in the 9300-block of South Laflin.
The man suffered minor facial injuries and was taken to Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park, police said. Chicago Fire Department Cmdr. Curtis Hudson initially said no injuries were reported in the crash.
One of the passengers was taken to Roseland Community Hospital for minor injuries, police said. He was taken into custody, but the other four passengers ran away.
Area South detectives were investigating.
(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire - Copyright Chicago Sun-Times 2017.)