An Uber driver from Washington, DC, who got stranded with his teenage passenger for five hours in a snowstorm on Tuesday definitely earned a five-star review after he paid the bill to put the scared girl in a room in the morning. safe hotel.
Davante Williams, 32, was taking his teenage passenger for a ride in his BMW when the couple suddenly got stranded on an icy stretch of Interstate 95 in Virginia, along with hundreds of other drivers.
The fare was already going to be substantial as he tried to make his way from downtown DC to Williamsburg, Va., A 150 mile trip.
But Williams found he wasn’t going anywhere quickly as 48 miles of I-95 was closed with weather conditions rendering the road impassable.
Uber driver DaVante Williams got stranded with a passenger on I-95 on Tuesday
Drivers wait for traffic to clear as cars and trucks stranded on sections of Interstate 95 Tuesday after 48 miles of the Interstate was closed due to ice and snow
Despite the attempt to avoid the Interstate, at one point there was no other option, leaving the pair stuck in the horrific traffic jam.
“I just figured out that maybe it was a little crash, but when I got closer I noticed that the traffic was not moving.” Whenever Williams attempted to exit the freeway, police advised him to return to the main road, as the surrounding roads were also closed with snow and ice.
Williams said he gave the girl who sat in the back seat her supply of water and crackers during the trip. Nonetheless, she became extremely anxious and upset during the ordeal.
“At this point we’re just sitting in one place, the hours start to pass and people start to get out of their cars to stretch,” said Williams. “It doesn’t look good.”
Exiting the freeway at the earliest opportunity, Williams proceeded to a hotel to make sure his teenage passenger was safe.
Drivers faced endless traffic jam after the motorway closed completely
At one point he became so concerned with fuel levels that Williams had to turn his car’s engine on and off every few minutes in order to conserve gas while trying to keep the interior warm.
“I have to get out of this traffic because my anxiety is starting and I’m in a car with a complete stranger,” Williams told the Washington Post. “I’m responsible for her and me right now. ”
“My passenger, she was so distraught,” he told NewsNation. “Apparently I picked her up at Union Station and her train was canceled due to a derailment, so she could only call Uber, and I was her driver.
Williams spoke to the girls’ parents to explain that he would drive her back to Washington DC without charge.
“I had to explain to his parents, ‘Hey, I’m not a crazy person. I’m just trying to get your daughter to a safe place.
Williams, 32, even called the girls’ parents so they weren’t worried
“I understand your fear and what is going through your mind,” Williams told the girl’s mother. “But please see this is from a real place. I just want her to be safe and to rest.
Williams ended up offering the girl a hotel room for the night and even paid the bill.
“I ended up having to put her in a hotel because she wasn’t old enough to get a room… So I wanted to make sure she was comfortable. And I didn’t want to leave her stranded, ”he said.
His story went viral with Uber tweeting the story of his good deed and paying back the $ 150 he cost for his hotel room.
Uber tweeted about the story and even paid the hotel bill he paid
Some drivers were stranded overnight after the motorway closed completely
‘Not all heroes wear capes. Thanks, Davante! they tweeted.
‘Sir. Williams has gone beyond this very stressful situation, and we thank him for his thoughtful actions, ”the Uber spokesperson added in a statement.
Since then, Williams has received nothing but praise as well as offers for a new job.
“I got an offer to become the main driver for Ride Alto, where I will be practically in the office, as a supervisor. “
After the drama, the teenager reached out to thank him for his moment of kindness.
“She actually texted me and just thanked me… for everything I had done for her that night.”
“The next morning, her parents too… just an outpouring of thanks again, for all I could do to help their daughter.
“At the end of the day, the situation was bigger than me and it wasn’t about the money,” said Williams. “It was about me doing the human thing for me and her to be safe.”