DoorDash Driver Dies After Getting Shot, Crashing Car in NJ: Prosecutors

After she was shot, prosecutors believe the 43-year-old woman tried to drive off, but ended up crashing

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What to Know

  • A DoorDash driver who crashed her car after she was shot while making a food delivery in New Jersey has died, authorities say
  • Petra Rhoden was making a food delivery in Paterson around 10 p.m. on Friday when she was shot, prosecutors say
  • After she was shot, prosecutors believe the 43-year-old woman tried to drive off, but ended up crashing

A DoorDash driver who crashed her car after she was shot while making a food delivery in New Jersey has died, authorities say.

Petra Rhoden, 43, of Paterson, was making a food delivery near Harrison Street and Jelsma Place in Paterson around 10 p.m. on Friday when she was shot, the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office said Saturday.

After she was shot, prosecutors believe Rhoden tried to drive off, but ended up crashing her car through a fence, hitting a shed.

Police officers found her in the driver’s seat of her crashed vehicle with a gunshot wound, and administered CPR, prosecutors said.

She was taken to a nearby hospital, where she was pronounced dead, according to prosecutors.

Prosecutors didn’t immediately say where Rhoden was shot or provide any additional details about the incident. An investigation is ongoing.

No one had been arrested as of Saturday morning.

A DoorDash spokesperson on Sunday said the company was "deeply saddened by the loss of Petra Rhoden, a Paterson-area Dasher, and our thoughts are with her family, friends and loved ones."

"We have reached out to her family to offer our full support to them during this difficult time," the spokesperson said in a statement. "In addition, we are in contact with law enforcement and cooperating with their investigation of this horrific crime."

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact 1-877-370-PCPO.

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