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Ride hailing driver detained following death of passenger

By Yang Zekun | | Updated: 2021-02-23 21:41
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Police in Changsha, Central China's Hunan province, on Tuesday detained an online car-hailing driver on suspicion of negligently causing the death of a 23-year-old female.

The 38-year-old driver surnamed Zhou is a native of Changsha and also a member of the online car-hailing platform Huolala. He is suspected of negligently causing the death of a female client two weeks ago when driving the woman to her new house, according to Changsha police.

Huolala released a statement on its official Weibo account on Sunday, saying a client surnamed Che booked a moving order on the platform and rode in Zhou's van to her new house on Feb 6.

It said that Che jumped out of the vehicle en route later that night. The driver promptly called the 120 emergency number and sent her to the hospital. The platform said it would cooperate with the police in the investigation. 

Che died on Feb 10 after efforts to save her failed. The case has gone viral online and aroused widespread concern. It is still under further investigation.

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