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Uber driver who was working a 21 hour shift charged following the tragic death of passenger

5 Dec 2017

 

A Sydney Uber driver who had been working a 21 hour shift has been charged following the tragic death of one of his passengers who fell from the vehicle into the path of an oncoming bus.

The victim, a 30 year old man, died instantly, suffering horrific head injuries.

According to reports in the Daily Mail  police will allege the driver of the Uber service, a 30 year old man, caused the victim to fall into the path of the bus when he accelerated his car at the traffic lights.

Shocked witnesses said they saw the man dragged along underneath the bus while two of his friends watched in horror from inside the Uber vehicle. Emergency services arrived soon after but were unable to save the mans life.

A group of security guards who witnessed the fatal collision were left traumatised, with one of them seen vomiting into a dustbin from shock. The driver of the bus was stood "limply" by a wall and could be heard saying "I just wanted to go home"
 

 

The unnamed Uber driver has been charged with negligent driving occasioning death and is due to appear at Sydney's Downing Centre Local Court in the new year.

A spokesperson for Uber told the Daily Mail Australia :

"This was a tragedy and our heart goes out to the family. Following the incident, we reached out to law enforcement and offered to help in anyway we could"

They went on to add that the Uber app had been updated after the incident to automatically log drivers off after being online for 12 hours. The driver is understood to no longer be driving for Uber.  

 

 

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