José Manuel Matías Flores
Mexico City, d.27.November.2018



In the past six months, five Uber Eats couriers in Mexico have died in crashes, and dozens more have been injured. Uber’s insurance policy was supposed to help — it hasn’t.

By Martha Pskowski  The Verge, July 3, 2019

Rush-hour traffic comes to a halt in downtown Mexico City, as two dozen gig workers for Uber Eats and its Colombian competitor Rappi bike across one of the city’s busiest intersections. It’s dark except for flashing street lights that reflect off the neon green and orange backpacks of the delivery workers. The protestors wheel their bicycles down Insurgentes Avenue, crossing Reforma, carrying signs that read: “No more road deaths!” and “Not one delivery person killed!”

Traffic cops rush into the intersection to stop the flow of cars, while drivers honk angrily, their evening commute delayed. Some of the protestors taunt them, “Get out of your car and onto a bike!”

Two days earlier, November 27th, the workers had lost one of their own. José Manuel Matías Flores, 22, was riding his bike in southwest Mexico City, carrying an Uber Eats food delivery. Merging onto a major avenue, a truck hit him and then sped off. Matías Flores was declared dead at the scene. The protesters are demanding that Uber take responsibility and help his surviving family members.

Matías Flores was the first known death of an Uber Eats worker in Mexico, two years after the service was introduced in October 2016. In the following six months, four more Uber Eats couriers have died in crashes. On December 12th in Puebla, Luis Fernando Hernández Fong, 23, was killed, leaving behind a three-year-old daughter. On February 10th, a young woman courier was killed in a hit-and-run in Querétaro. On February 18th, Edwin Eduardo Galván Salas was hit in Mexico City. He was declared brain dead several days later. On March 10th, motorcyclist Luis Alberto Cárdenas Hernández was killed in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco.

Most recently, Rappi courier Ximena Callejas, 20, was killed in a hit-and-run while biking in Mexico City on May 4th. Many delivery people work for both applications, switching back and forth depending on demand.



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