Driver in China rams passenger to death, putting ride-hailing firm Didi under spotlight
BEIJING: A driver employed by China's largest ride-hailing firm, Didi Chuxing , killed a passenger by ramming his car into the man after a quarrel, ...
BookmarkBEIJING: A driver employed by China's largest ride-hailing firm, Didi Chuxing, killed a passenger by ramming his car into the man after a quarrel, the firm said in a post on social media on Monday (Mar 15).Police in the southeastern city of Fuzhou said the driver had been detained, and Didi said it was cooperating with the investigation and company representatives had visited the victim's family.
AdvertisementAdvertisement"After an argument, the driver drove the car and repeatedly rammed into the male passenger and caused his death," Didi said on Weibo, China's Twitter-like social media platform.Two cases of rape and murder in 2018 involving Didi drivers put the firm under public and government scrutiny. Back then, Didi responded by launching a campaign to improve safety for passengers, and with the latest incident trending on the Twitter-like Weibo platform on Monday, it pledged to do more.
"Didi will make the utmost efforts to reduce potential safety risks, provide an extra safety training programme for drivers and eliminate the occurrence of safety incidents," a representative for Didi safety committee said.Didi's backers include Japan's SoftBank Group Corp and Apple Inc. The firm is also operating in several markets outside China, including South America, Japan, Australia and Russia. headtopics.comRead more: CNA »
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Driver in China for ride-hailing app Didi Chuxing allegedly crushes passenger to death after repeatedly running him overA ride-hailing driver in China has allegedly killed a passenger after repeatedly running them over with his car during a pickup dispute. News of the horrific killing has sparked renewed scrutiny of ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing ’s accountability for its driver’s conduct. The driver, surnamed Gao, received a ride-hailing request at 2am on Sunday in Fuzhou, Fujian province, and called the passengers to confirm, Didi said in a public notice on Weibo on Monday. Get the latest insights and analysis from our Global Impact newsletter on the big stories originating in China. The male passenger, surnamed Zhang, said that the driver’s phone call had disturbed his family’s rest after he requested his phone not be called as it was at home where his father was asleep. The driver insisted he didn’t do anything wrong in contacting passengers to alert them to his arrival for the pickup. The two men got into an argument and then a physical fight as a female passenger attempted to intervene. Didi stops hitching service in China after second murder Zhang’s cousin, Lin, told Red Star News that Zhang and his girlfriend were playing cards at a friend’s house and hailed a car home afterwards. “When my cousin got in the car, he had a quarrel with the driver, who told them to get out of the car,” Lin said. “Afterwards, my cousin threw a tea bottle at the car, and the driver turned around and hit them. His girlfriend fell to the curb, while my cousin was thrown against a wall, and the driver reversed the car and hit him again.” A notice from the local police on Monday said that after Gao hit Zhang, he called the police. Zhang later died in the hospital and police have detained Gao while they investigate the case. Didi said that the driver passed a background check in 2019, as he had no prior criminal records and had been a passenger driver for 19 years. “We will try to eliminate all safety risks, enhance driver safety training and lower the rate of safety incidents. We also plead every driv
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