Cab driver ‘murders passenger by running him over’ after row over app service

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A ride-hailing app driver allegedly killed a passenger after running them over with his car during a pickup row in China.

The alleged victim and his girlfriend called for a Didi Chuxing car after finishing playing cards at a friend's house at 2am on Sunday.

The app giant urged drivers and passengers to have "more respect and tolerance" following the horror killing in Fuzhou, Fujian province.

Mr Zhang reportedly told the driver, named only as Mr Gao, off for calling to confirm that he had arrived – saying the call had disturbed his family's sleep.

Mr Gao was said to have insisted he had done nothing wrong and the two men brawled outside with the woman trying to stop them.

Mr Zhang's cousin, Lin, told Red Star News: “When my cousin got in the car, he had a quarrel with the driver, who told them to get out of the car.

“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 Gao called police after hitting Mr Zhang.

But Mr Zhang later died in the hospital and police have detained Gao while they investigate the case.

Didi, a ride-hailing giant in China, 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.

A spokesman for Didi said: “We will try to eliminate all safety risks, enhance driver safety training and lower the rate of safety incidents.

"We also plead every driver and passenger to be more rational when encountering conflicts, to have more respect and tolerance."

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The company has faced criticism over the years over safety-related issues.

In 2018, two women were raped and killed by Didi drivers. The company, which launched eight years ago and has more than 550 million users and 31 million drivers, was forced to dismiss two staff and suspend its ride-hailing service amid nationwide anger.

It also has since installed a single-click emergency button on its app.

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