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No further action in case of UberEats courier killed by coach driver

14:44 03/11/2023

The case involving Sultan Zadran, a bicycle courier for UberEats who was struck and killed by a FlixBus driver in Brussels, has been closed without any further action.

Zadran died in early February this year after being hit by a Flixbus near Brussels-North station, at an intersection that has long been criticised for being dangerous for cyclists.

Despite riding in the designated cycling lane at the intersection of Boulevard Roi Albert II and Boulevard Simon Bolivar in Schaerbeek, Zadran was in the bus's blind spot.

The fatal accident brought the discussion around safety of bicycle couriers to the forefront, but the case has now been filed with no consequence for the bus driver, Flixbus or the UberEats platform.

Zadran was from Afghanistan and had been staying in Belgium for about 10 years. His family fled to Pakistan after the Taliban took power in Afghanistan and he was about to bring his five children to Belgium through the family reunification process.

La Maison des Livreurs, which looks after bicycle couriers, was dismayed by the result of the case.

“The handling of the Sultan accident raises many questions – namely, why was the case dismissed?” the organisation wrote in a Facebook post.

Written by Helen Lyons