Girl used machete in fatal attack on driver

The attacker is as Eliza Wasni, a 16-year-old teenager but was charged as an adult.

Commentators on her Facebook page speculated if Wasni may have been part of a teen gang and had sought initiation rites?

According to Washington Post, Wasni walked out of a suburban Walmart holding a machete and knife she'd stolen, climbed into an Uber auto, and began hacking the driver.

Authorities say Eliza Wasni later used those weapons to kill 34-year-old Grant Nelson in Lincolnwood, Illinois.

Two minutes into the ride, Wasni "hack [ed] and stab [bed]" Nelson from the back seat, according to Cook County prosecutors.

After having struck Nelson the man ran to a nearby building banging for help with the teen drove off with the man's auto before soon crashing into a median strip. "I'm going to die", according to Assistant State Attorney Michelle Cunningham. Police officers found a blood trail that led them to the wounded Uber driver.

Cunningham added that before he dies, Nelson stopped the vehicle and entered a condo building. NBC Chicago reports that there is "grainy" surveillance video that showed the Nelson's vehicle and someone walking out of it at Hampton Place Condominiums around the time of the attack.

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It said in a statement: "We are heartbroken by the loss of one of our partners".

At 2:18 a.m., a second Uber driver took her from Des Plaines to a Walmart located at 3606 Touhy. According to Assistant State's Attorney Michelle Cunningham, Nelson attempted to flee from his unlikely attacker by jumping out of his auto and running for help at a nearby building.

The ongoing investigation revealed Grant was working as an Uber driver and was dropping off a fare in the area when the attack occured. Our deepest sympathies and prayers are with his family and loved ones during this incredibly hard time, " the spokesperson said in a statement.

Cunningham says police found Nelson laying in the grass near the scene.

The teen had earlier "nonchalantly" walked into a Walmart store, then walked out with a stolen machete, prosecutors say. He was not a cruel person. Needless to say, Nelson's sister says that Grant didn't deserve the fate allegedly meted out to him by 16-year-old Eliza Wansi.

"Her case manager told me she shouldn't have even been allowed to enroll at Taft, and hearing about this, I guess she was right", Grishaber said in a phone interview.

  • Desiree Holland