Fausto Luna, 58, was a man of many pursuits.
Born in the Dominican Republic, he was a 20-year Washington Heights resident. He was a family man who worked long hours to provide for his loved ones.
On September 26, as he jumped in front of an oncoming A train, he became the seventh commercial driver to commit suicide this year. He was the third Dominican driver and the first Uber driver to do so.
Luna had worked for Uber since 2013. He had high ratings, worked a lot of overtime and owned his own car. He reportedly killed himself because of money problems.
In response, Uber Communications Manager Alix Anfang said, “We are devastated by this news and our deepest sympathies go to Mr. Luna’s family and loved ones during this difficult time.”
A spokesperson for New York Taxi Workers Alliance said, “Our hearts are with the loved ones of brother Fausto Luna.” The organization held a vigil this past weekend for Luna in front of the 175th Street A train stop where he died. Approximately two dozen people attended. Many spoke of the hardships drivers endure.
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