WASHINGTON — Two teenage girls have been charged with murder in the killing of an Uber Eats driver in Washington, DC, local authorities say.
Around 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 22, 66-year-old Mohammad Anwar of Springfield, Virginia sat in his car while working a shift for Uber Eats. The DC Metropolitan Police Department says two girls, aged 13 and 15, attempted to carjack Anwar as he sat in his car.
The unidentified minors allegedly “assaulted the victim with a taser while carjacking the victim which resulted in a motor vehicle accident,” the Metropolitan Police Department says in a statement.
Anwar struggled with the girls as they attempted to take his vehicle, at one point yelling out “This is my car!” As the group struggled, bystander video captured Anwar’s vehicle lurching forward, driving full speed down the oncoming lane before crashing in the 1200 block of Van Street Southeast.
The vehicle flipped on its side as Anwar, who hung out of the open driver’s-side door, was thrown from the car.
He was found lying on the sidewalk with life-threatening injuries as the two girls exited the car and allegedly attempted to flee the scene.
The duo was detained by police officers as well as a member of the National Guard. Anwar was transported to a nearby hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
Police announced that the girls, 13 and 15, were charged with felony murder and armed carjacking. The pair appeared in D.C. Superior Court on Wednesday via video, pleading “not involved.”
As authorities continue the criminal investigation, Anwar’s family has set up a fundraiser to help pay for a traditional Islamic funeral online. The family said they loved and cherished him deeply, adding that Anwar was a “beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and friend who always provided a smile when you needed one.”
“We will carry him with us always, but it doesn’t take the pain away of losing him so tragically and so unexpectedly soon.” the family wrote.