Uber, the taxi app, has taken the world by storm in recent months, but if reports in Australia are to be believed, the service has some pretty serious concerns to address.
Last Saturday a citizen of Queensland’s Gold Coast was hospitalised with a suspected broken leg, and she says it is because her driver had run her over.
Sascha Pangallo says she is a daily user of the app and had no reason to suspect her ride at the weekend would be anything other than the norm.
But once inside the car a few things seemed off.
Pangallo alleges the driver refused to enter her destination into his sat-nav, insisting she direct him, and then he began screaming at her for being on her phone.
The accused driver is said to have attempted to drag her from the car but when he realised how his behaviour appeared to witnesses, he swiftly jumped back into the driving seat before speeding off.
Unfortunately Miss Pangallo had not completely exited the vehicle as she collected her belongings. She is purported to have fallen to the ground before having her leg run over.
It has left the 24-year-old with a host of cuts and bruises, plus a potential fracture and blood clot in her leg.
Uber has released a statement reaffirming their commitment to the safety of users, and it has been confirmed the driver in question had completed a full medical, driving, and criminal background check.
If I ever visit the Gold Coast I may stick to seeing the sites on foot!
An NCTJ Journalist with an MA in Sports Journalism, Kieron is an experienced social media journalist who has worked in the industry since 2015. His experience includes work with ITN, the MEN, WISH/WIRE/TOWER FM, and 8:50 Sports Digest… not forgetting his time at ASDA.