BEIJING (CHINA) – A cab driver killed a passenger by ramming his car into the man after a quarrel. Police in the southeastern city of Fuzhou said the driver had been detained
The driver was employed by China’s largest ride-hailing firm, Didi Chuxing, which said it was cooperating with the investigation and company representatives had visited the victim’s family.
“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.
“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.
The company had come under public and government scrutiny after two cases of rape and murder took place in 2018, which involved Didi drivers. Back then, the firm 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’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.