Didi Chuxing has suspended their carpooling feature for a week, after a passenger was found murdered Tuesday in Zhengzhou, the capital of China's Henan province, according to numerous reports. The service known as "Didi Hitch" is one of 13 services offered on Didi's platform, "will be suspended for a week of rectification" from Saturday. The service pairs commuters heading in the same direction. The passenger, 21 year old flight attendant named only as "Ms,Li" was allegedly murdered by the man who was driving her. The man, a 27 year old named Liu Zhenua, reportedly stole his father's phone to access the app and pick up passengers.
The company said the father had passed the verification process and criminal background checks required by the company. Liu picked up Li from the Zhengzhou Airport early Sunday morning. When her family was unable to contact her, they had reported her missing Tuesday. Police discovered her body the next day. According to numerous outlets, after getting into the vehicle with Liu, Li texted a colleague that she had "bumped into a pervert." "[The person] said I look rather pretty and wanted to kiss me," the text message to the colleague is reported to have said. "Luckily, I'm not sitting in the front seat." In an interview with Li's father, he said his daughter had been stabbed 20 times and was found naked.
Police have cited that Liu had abandoned the vehicle after the murder and jumped into a nearby river. Weibo reported a body was recovered from the same river earlier today and the police had identified it to be Liu's. Didi admitted faults in its safety process and said its "responsibilities in this case are undeniable." "Our original night safety mechanism was defective so that the night mode face recognition mechanism was not triggered before the driver took the order," the company said in a statement. Didi Chuxing is one of the world's largest transportation platform with 21 million drivers and more than 450 million users. Didi had battled with Uber for domination of the market in China and won in 2016 when Uber sold its entire Chinese operation to Didi in return for a stake in Didi's business.