Family remembers Lyft driver killed in Pontiac shooting
Pontiac, Mich. – The family of the Lyft driver who was killed in Pontiac speaks out for the first time Monday.
The shooting happened last Friday morning in Putnam Street and Rundel Street.
A memorial continues to grow for the Lyft driver who was shot and killed on the job. It could have happened to anyone. Sadly, it happened to a woman whose loved ones say she didn’t deserve it.
“She wasn’t just a Lyft driver,” ex-husband Johnny Terrell Jr. said. “She was a mother. She was a grandmother. She was an aunt. She was a sister.
You can see the pain a family is going through coming to terms with the death of 49-year-old Dina May-Terrell after she was shot in the back of the neck by a passenger she was dropping off for Lyft.
“She was a graphic designer,” said Terrell Jr. “She was a bartender. She was a lot of things and she didn’t deserve to come out this way,” Johnny added.
A 19-year-old man is in custody, accused of being the one who pulled the trigger. But that just doesn’t make sense to many family members. The motive behind all this remains a mystery.
“It doesn’t make sense,” said Terrell Jr. “They don’t get paid electronically. There is no cash anywhere. Why would he do that? I don’t understand. Theft was not a thing. Her jewelry was still in place. Her purse was next to her. So why?”
Family members say the teenager was picked up from a Walmart in Rochester Hills and was dropped off at a location in the Pontiac.
Local 4 was told May-Terrell had almost reached her destination when she was shot on Putnam Avenue and Rundell Street. His silver Nissan Versa hit a utility pole. A memorial now stands in his honor as neighbors pay their respects.
The shooter fled after the shooting, but it was not difficult for investigators to piece together who they were looking for. He should be charged, more than likely on Tuesday.
“Right now, my sons are inconsolable,” Terrell Jr. said. “They don’t want to talk. They just want their mother to rest with respect, as well as the rest of her family.
May-Terrell being a mother of three and grandmother of three, her family is going through a difficult time with her unexpected death. So far, they say no one from Lyft has reached out to help.
“Lyft didn’t try to contact us for anything, no matter what they said,” Terrell Jr. said. “But when they contact us, we don’t want their condolences and best wishes. We want help burying her and laying her down with respect. That’s what we’re asking. »
Lyft has not reconnected with Local 4 to comment on the matter. However, those who want to help with May-Terrell’s burial costs can Click here.
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