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Crime Fears and Fuel Costs Take Toll on Uber, Lyft Drivers

Aug. 3, 2022, 12:00 PM

One February morning this year, Uber driver Abiodun Odebunmi picked up three passengers in downtown Chicago. One of the young men pointed a gun at him and demanded his car. “Please, I have three kids,” Odebunmi recalled begging the carjackers, who drove off in his Toyota minivan toward Lakeshore Drive.

For Odebunmi, who immigrated to Chicago from Lagos, Nigeria, in 2010, it was his second carjacking in less than a week.

“You might not be lucky the third time,” a police officer told him after the incident, he said.

In 2021, there were more than 1,800 carjackings in Chicago — ...