Waze app leads woman to wrong street address, where she is killed
When a couple tried to drive to a touristy avenue in Niteroi during their stay in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, they used their Waze GPS app to direct them to their desired location. Instead, the app led the couple to another street of the same name in one of the city's most notorious slum areas. There, the woman was shot and killed.
Regina Murmura, 70, a travel agent, was shot and killed on Saturday night while in the car with her 69-year-old husband, Francisco. After the Waze app directed the couple to the wrong location, someone opened fire on the couple's car. The car was hit with 20 bullets. While Francisco managed to drive away from the scene without any injuries, his wife suffered a fatal gun shot wound.
A Waze spokesperson said that the team was "incredibly saddened" by the incident. The company, which was developed in Israel and is now owned by Google, said:
Waze said it would meet with officials at the Operations Center in Rio de Janeiro this week "to understand how the city is addressing the risk of driving throughout Rio de Janeiro."
On Monday, police said that they have identified a suspect in Regina's killing.
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