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Former Lompoc Lyft driver charged with sexual assault named in new lawsuit

Posted at 9:12 PM, Jul 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-26 00:12:08-04

A former Lompoc Lyft driver is named in another lawsuit.

The lawsuit, which names not only Jason Lemont Fenwick, 52, as a defendant but also Lyft, was filed in San Luis Obispo County Superior Court on Thursday.

The women, identified only as Jane Does 1, 2, and 3, claim that they were each sexually assaulted by their Lyft drivers on their ride home.

Fenwick was arrested last November and remains in custody in San Luis Obispo County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bail, according to jail logs.

Investigators said he drove a woman to her Nipomo home after she requested a Lyft because she was too drunk to drive. The victim reportedly told San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s officials that Fenwick helped her inside where she then passed out and Fenwick sexually assaulted her.

The woman in that alleged assault is mentioned in the latest lawsuit along with two other women – one reportedly living in San Diego County and another in Los Angeles County.

The lawsuit states all three women were “sexually assaulted by their Lyft driver… during their ride home. No reason for any further sexual details, because each sexual assault upon Jane Doe 2 and Jane Doe 3 is too gruesome and tragic to recount.”

The lawsuit claims the names of the other two drivers are not known.

Jason Lamont Fenwick

For the November incident in which Fenwick has been charged, the lawsuit claims the Nipomo woman requested a Lyft ride home, was dropped off at her home around midnight and woke up the next morning in her bed “bruised, naked and bleeding from her intimate private parts.”

According to the lawsuit, the entire assault by Fenwick was captured on a home surveillance system and lasted about 30 minutes.

The lawsuit goes on to claim negligent supervision and retention, trespassing, fraud, intentional misrepresentation, negligent misrepresentation, assault, sexual battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, among other things, by the defendants.

Court documents show the women are suing for:

  • Economic damages according to proof of trial
  • Pre-judgement and post-judgment interest
  • Costs pertaining to the lawsuit and attorney fees
  • Statutory fines
  • Declaration of judgment, stating that Lyft’s practices, policies and procedures subjected Ms. Doe to false imprisonment, sexual assault, and sexual harassment.
  • A trial by jury

The lawsuit states the filing is on behalf of not only Jane Does 1, 2, and 3 but other women who are in similar situations.

This is at least the second lawsuit against Fenwick. Another was filed against him in January.

In the criminal case against him, Fenwick has pleaded not guilty to charges of assault during the commission of a burglary, oral copulation of an intoxicated person, sexual penetration by a foreign object, burglary, and unlawful use of a concealed recording device.

KSBY News reached out to Fenwick’s attorney and Lyft for comment but has not yet heard back.

James McKiernan, who filed the lawsuit on behalf of the women, was also not available for comment Thursday night.

This is a developing story, stick with KSBY for more updates.


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