Didi confirms one of its drivers was killed by a passenger

Didi has been enhancing its safety measures since one female passenger was raped and killed in May and another in August.

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The police in Dingcheng district of Changde city, in Central China’s Hunan Province, disclosed Sunday evening that one driver working via a ride-hailing platform was killed before daybreak that day by a 19-year-old man surnamed Yang.

Yang later reported himself to the police, attributing his behavior to a nervous breakdown, after being obsessed with the thought of suicide because of pessimism and world-weariness, according to Dingcheng police.

Five and a half hours later, China’s biggest online ride-hailing platform Didi Chuxing confirmed on its official Weibo account that this driver was from its network, condemning the suspect for bringing irreversible hurt to the victim and his family.

Didi said it would further cooperate with the police and offer humanitarian help to the family.

The company promised it will continue to keep rides traceable to guarantee a 100% clear-up rate of criminal cases.

Didi has been enhancing its safety measures since one female passenger was raped and killed in May and another in August, including recruiting qualified drivers with no criminal records and at least three years driving experience.

Editor: Nadine Freischlad