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Google which owns Google Maps is accused of leading a US man to a damaged bridge that led him to being drowned. The family attributes it to failure to update its maps since the bridge had collapsed 9 years ago.
Philip Paxson who died in September 2022 drowned while attempting to drive over the damaged bridge in North Carolina. The family has sued Google for negligently failing to show the bridge had fallen nine years earlier.
According to the family’s lawsuit, Mr Paxson, a father of two, was driving home from his daughter’s ninth birthday party at a friend’s house and was in an unfamiliar neighborhood at the time of his death.
His wife had driven his two daughters home earlier, and he stayed behind to help clean up.
“Unfamiliar with local roads, he relied on Google Maps, expecting it would safely direct him home to his wife and daughters,” lawyers for the family said in a statement announcing the lawsuit.
“Tragically, as he drove cautiously in the darkness and rain, he unsuspectingly followed Google’s outdated directions to what his family later learned for nearly a decade was called the ‘Bridge to Nowhere,’ crashing into Snow Creek, where he drowned.”
The suit claims that local residents had repeatedly contacted Google to have them change their online maps after the bridge collapsed in 2013.