When hundreds of people were missing for several hours recently at Interstate 95 in Virginia during a snowstorm, the Uber driver stepped forward to protect his teenager, and was eventually given a new job because of his strength.
Virginia to FOX5 reported, “DaVante Williams spent 5.5 hours in his car overnight with another teenager, whom he described as ’emotional’ and ‘depressed’ as he faced a traffic jam. Extreme snowfall and extreme heat affected the area between Richmond and Washington, DC, resulting in catastrophic international catastrophe.
Uber driver Davante Williams was hit by a teenager riding for hours on a snowy I-95 and is being praised for going “beyond” to be safe at home. https://t.co/oQoZ5n6gAw
– FOX 4 NEWS (@ FOX4) January 7, 2022
Hundreds Fixed On I-95
In early January, hundreds of people clashed on the I-95 between Richmond and Washington, DC at a parking lot – including Senators. Others were detained for more than 12 hours.
Virginia Senator Tim Kaine was detained for 27 hours, for example.
Conditions were created for the benefit of others and for the prosperity of their neighbors.
“At midnight on Tuesday morning, Williams set off with three different passengers before picking up a teenager who was about to return home to Williamsburg, Virginia – about 150 miles away,” FOX5 reported. “The girl initially wanted to board the train, but was stopped due to disruption, so she turned to Uber.”
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“Williams said he was picked up at Union Station, boarded an I-95 and about 20 miles on their journey, near Lorton, everything stopped,” the report said. “They tried to get out of the highway but then they were turned away when the cars stopped on the road.”
After being detained for several hours on Interstate 95 for a fifth hurricane, Uber driver Davante Williams helped reserve a hotel room for his teenager who boarded the train and was unable to get home. https://t.co/QNfszwhagL pic.twitter.com/3QkRZ5zgqy
– CNN (@CNN) January 10, 2022
Williams still did not know how this could be.
“So, I’m going back to 95, and in my mind, I’m just saying, ‘Maybe this is a little bender. Everything soon,'” Williams said. “An hour passed, two hours passed …”
FOX5 said, “Sitting there with no destination, so-called loved ones and friends. Williams said he had drinks and snacks in his car and that his car was good at gas – but he began to worry about fuel while the clock was ticking.”
The report continued: “Williams said his rider was ‘very sad’ as soon as he tried to board the banned train, but he disappeared on the highway. She said she spoke to her parents to let them know she would take care of their daughter.
“She would call her mother or call her father from time to time to explain what was going on,” Williams told FOX5. “She was devastated, and I understood why she wanted to go home.”
Williams found a hotel room for his teenage passenger and asked him to drive him home after the cars ran out – free of charge.
Davante Williams is moving forward !!!
Do the right thing and send this man a BIG BONUS !!!
– Joe Trahan (@JoeTrahan) January 5, 2022
Williams Went Away To Protect His Young Rider
A family friend eventually took the young man home.
“I’m glad I was his driver,” Williams said. “Any other driver, I don’t know how it would have happened.”
“And based on his strength and availability, I felt I was put there for reasons … to do what I did,” he said.
Uber shared Williams’ story later that day in a tweet, adding: “Not all heroes wear hats.”
Following the report, Williams was commended by Uber officials and offered a part-time job as a “lead driver” on a “high-level service” Ride Alto, which he acknowledged, to do “oversight, supervision.”