Pontiac woman wants justice after family member was killed while driving for Lyft

Teen faces maximum sentence of life in prison

A Pontiac woman wants justice after her family member was killed while driving for Lyft. The incident occurred Friday (Oct. 21), and a 19-year-old is facing charges.

PONTIAC, Mich. – A Pontiac woman wants justice after her family member was killed while driving for Lyft.

The incident occurred Friday (Oct. 21), and a 19-year-old is facing charges.

Raven Brantley is still asking why 19-year-old Kemarrie Phillips would allegedly shoot her aunt, 49-year-old Dina May-Terrell, in the back of the head during a Lyft ride.

“Seeing the guy, putting a face to it, still doesn’t give us that closure or answer the question, why,” said Brantley.

Kemarrie Davion Phillips (Oakland County Sheriff's Office)

Phillips was officially charged with open murder and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony on Tuesday. He is being held without bond at the Oakland County jail.

Read: Teen charged with killing Lyft driver in Oakland County by shooting her in head from back seat

Brantley says it doesn’t make things better because they still need to make sense of it all.

“What was the motive here,” Brantley said. “I really just want justice for my aunt.”

Dina May-Terrell with her family. (WDIV)

May-Terrell was a breast cancer survivor who only took the job with the ride-sharing app to make ends meet on top of dealing with the grief of unexpectedly losing a loved one. The family claims Lyft isn’t offering much other than condolences. They say their apologies don’t do much to prevent such a thing from occurring again.

“My aunt was murdered on the job,” Brantley said. “This is an ongoing issue. This is not just the first time it’s happened, and this is not going to be the last.”

A legal loophole may also complicate things further.

“They give me a policy number to a policy that doesn’t cover anything like assault,” Brantley said. “They don’t cover homicides. They cover accidents.”

With that said, a GoFundMe page is the only thing helping May-Terrell’s family to pay for her burial expenses.

“Just really trying to get her laid to rest how she’s supposed to,” Brantley said.

Phillips is facing life in prison if convicted. He’s due back in court on Nov. 3.

No one from Lyft got back to Local 4 to comment on the matter. Brantley says she doesn’t want this to happen to anyone else.

A memorial for Dina May-Terrell at the Pontiac intersection where she was murdered. (WDIV)

Previous coverage

A 19-year-old man was arrested for shooting and killing a woman working as a Lyft driver in Pontiac. The incident occurred at the intersection of Putnam Avenue and Rundell Street around 5 a.m. The Lyft driver received a call for a fare Friday (Oct. 21) morning to pick up someone at the Rochester Hills Walmart.
The family of the Lyft driver killed in Pontiac is speaking out for the first time Monday. The shooting occurred last Friday morning at Putnam Avenue and Rundell street. A 19-year-old man was arrested in connection to the shooting.

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Victor Williams joined Local 4 News in October of 2019 after working for WOIO in Cleveland, OH, WLOX News in Biloxi, MS, and WBBJ in Jackson, TN. Victor developed a love for journalism after realizing he was a great speaker and writer at an early age.

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