Bijoy Paul, a 27-year-old international student from Bangladesh died after he was hit by a car in the Sydney suburb of Rockdale. He was delivering an order of McDonald’s on a bicycle for Uber Eats.
He was treated at the scene of the accident by an off-duty paramedic before being transported to hospital by emergency services. Tragically he later died from his injuries.
Bijoy came to Australia in early 2019 to study for a masters of information technology at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS).
Uber Eats issued a statement following the tragedy:
Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Bijoy Paul who died in hospital following a road accident on Saturday. Throughout the weekend our law enforcement team engaged with New Sout Wales Police to offer our full assistance and notified SafeWork NSW.”
Another delivery rider who saw the collision that killed Bijoy said he goes to work every night afraid he will be next.
Jose, 33, who delivers food for Uber Eats, Menulog and Yello, said:
It happened very, very quickly. It happened in two seconds.
If you ride a motorcycle or bike you can die so quickly, it can happen very quickly.
I’m afraid every day.
Bijoy is the fourth food delivery rider to die on Australian roads in the last three months.
On average, one food delivery rider has died in Australia every 11 days since 27 September.
Source: Sunshine Coast Daily