This is the question on police and family’s lips. How did 23-year-old Justin Lavelle die on January 31st, 2018? The story starts out with a request for a Lyft ride where Tariq Rasheed, a Lyft driver picked up Lavelle from West Hollywood and drove along the 110 freeway. According to Raseed, Lavelle was drunk and grabbed hold of his steering wheel, causing them to be in extreme danger. Raseed claims that he stopped the car and ordered Lavelle out, onto the side of the 110 freeway. After which Lavelle was hit by another car, that has not been apprehended, and no one saw or came forward with a witness account of what actually happened after Lavelle was ordered out of the car.
According to Lavelle's mother, he called her during the ride and was shouting in a panic that he had been pepper sprayed. She had to fly from Virginia Beach in Virgina to LA to see her unrecognizable sons body.
Lyft immediately deactivated Raseed; Uber also stopped Raseed's access to the app. While Raseed might not have been active in the actual hit and run, dropping off a passenger on the side of a freeway, when pepper sprayed and possibly drunk is a precursor to an accident in coming.
Lavelle's family and friends managed to raise over $10,000 for a funeral over the GoFundMe website.