We know that sometimes Uber rides can be less than courteous. Conflicts between driver and passenger are bound to happen in this contentious world of ours. But, more often than not, they end with both parties pissed off, believing that they’re right. They’ll bitch to their friends, post about it on Facebook, and move on.
Not 16-year-old Eliza Wasni. She avoided verbal altercation altogether.
On May 30th at 3:15 am outside of a Walmart in Skokie, Wasni stepped into Grant Nelson’s Uber. Just two minutes later, what started as a regular ride quickly turned violent when Wasni began hacking and stabbing Nelson with a stolen machete and knife.
Nelson was able to escape and find help but died that night due to loss of blood. He was 34 years old.
“He was a kind soul in a cruel world,” his brother Todd Nelson spoke of him.
Wasni attempted to flee in Nelson’s car, but struck and nearby median and had to run on foot. She is found later in a bra, leggings, and a Cubs shirt covered in flood.
During a hearing on July 5, Wasni made a brief appearance, wearing a Cook County inmate uniform, her hair in braids. She did not speak, looking down for a majority of the hearing. She has been formally charged as an adult for first-degree murder.