Google Maps directs man off collapsed bridge, lawsuit

RALEIGH, N.C. — The household of a North Carolina man who died after driving his automobile off a collapsed bridge whereas following Google Maps instructions is suing the know-how big for negligence, claiming it had been knowledgeable of the collapse however did not replace its navigation system.

Philip Paxson, a medical machine salesman and father of two, drowned Sept. 30, 2022, after his Jeep Gladiator plunged into Snow Creek in Hickory, in keeping with a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Wake County Superior Court. Paxson was driving dwelling from his daughter’s ninth celebration via an unfamiliar neighborhood when Google Maps allegedly directed him to cross a bridge that had collapsed 9 years prior and was by no means repaired.

“Our girls ask how and why their daddy died, and I’m at a loss for words they can understand because, as an adult, I still can’t understand how those responsible for the GPS directions and the bridge could have acted with so little regard for human life,” his spouse, Alicia Paxson, stated.

State troopers who discovered Paxton’s physique in his overturned and partially submerged truck had stated there have been no obstacles or warning indicators alongside the washed-out roadway. He had pushed off an unguarded edge and crashed about 20 toes beneath, in keeping with the lawsuit.

The North Carolina State Patrol had stated the bridge was not maintained by native or state officers, and the unique developer’s firm had dissolved. The lawsuit names a number of personal property administration firms that it claims are liable for the bridge and the adjoining land.

Multiple folks had notified Google Maps in regards to the collapse within the years main as much as Paxson’s dying and had urged the corporate to replace its route info, in keeping with the lawsuit.

The Tuesday courtroom submitting consists of e mail information from one other Hickory resident who had used the map’s “suggest an edit” function in September 2020 to alert the corporate that it was directing drivers over the collapsed bridge. A November 2020 e mail affirmation from Google confirms the corporate acquired her report and was reviewing the urged change, however the lawsuit claims Google took no additional actions.

“We have the deepest sympathies for the Paxson family,” stated Google spokesperson José Castañeda. “Our goal is to provide accurate routing information in Maps and we are reviewing this lawsuit.”