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Bike-sharing large Ofo sued for 7.6 million yuan after child steals bicycle, will get run over by bus

The 11-year-old was biking the wrong way down a Shanghai street when he was crushed by a turning bus

Chinese bike-sharing giant Ofo is being sued once again by the family of a boy in Shanghai who stole one of the company’s bikes last March before getting run over by a bus and killed.

The family of the 11-year-old is asking for 7.6 million yuan ($1.2 million) in compensation from Ofo. That’s down a bit from last year, when they were seeking 8.78 million yuan ($1.3 million).

According to Shine, the family had withdrawn its previous claim in order to sue the company that owned the bus separately. Last month, a Jing’an district court ruled that the bus company’s insurance must pay the family 550,000 yuan ($87,000).

Under Chinese traffic regulations, children must be at least 12 years old to ride bicycles on public roads, meaning that the boy was too young to legally ride an Ofo bike and could not register an account.

Instead, he simply stole one of the bikes, along with three of his friends, who cracked open the bike locks and rode off.

While that fact might appear to hurt the family’s case, they are, in fact, claiming that Ofo does not do a good enough job of keeping youngsters’ hands off the company’s massively-popular and widely-available bikes, arguing that Ofo’s bike locks are clearly inadequate.

That would seem to be the case, considering that the 11-year-old and his underage companions all managed to unlock the bikes before riding them the wrong way down Tiantong Road until the unfortunate kid was run over by a bus turning a corner.

After the accident, police determined that the victim was primarily at fault because of his age and because he was biking the wrong way. However, the bus driver did receive some share of the blame for failing to take sufficient caution when making a turn.

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