21-Y.O. College Student Killed After Getting Into Car She Thought Was Her Uber

A 21-year-old University of South Carolina college student was found dead on Friday after getting into a car she mistakenly thought was her Uber on Friday morning at approximately 2:00 a.m.

Wesh 2 reports that Samantha Josephson ordered an Uber early Friday morning after being separated from her friends during a night out. Josephson hopped into the back seat of a Chevrolet Impala outside a bar believing it was her ride. This was recorded by a security camera – and it was the last time she was seen alive.

At approximately 4:00 p.m. on Friday last week, turkey hunters in a field in Clarendon County approximately 65 miles southeast of Columbia, called police saying they had found a body. Police soon arrived and confirmed it was Josephson.

The following day, at roughly 3:00 a.m., K-9 officers made a routine traffic stop while searching for the suspect’s vehicle. After asking the driver to step out of the vehicle, the suspect fled on foot. He was identified as 24-year-old Nathaniel David Rowland and arrested on charges of kidnapping and murder after Josephson’s blood, as well as her cellphone, were found in the Impala.

“I met with the family and our hearts are broken. Nothing is tougher than to stand before a family and explain how a loved one was murdered,” police said.

Josephson’s tragic death serves as a reminder of the risks involved in using ride-hailing applications. It is crucially important for users to match a vehicle’s license plate with the one shown on the app before getting inside. Uber also recommends users wait indoors for their ride and sit in the back seat rather than the front.

So far, there have been countless reports from ride-hailing app users all around the world who claim to have been sexually assaulted. Last year, CNN asserted that at least 103 Uber drivers in the United States had been accused of sexually assaulting or abusing their passengers.

 

  • Six_Tymes

    fix your title. poor girl she was Murdered by a pos garbage

    • Ben

      Buddy, calm down, sheesh

      • Zandit75

        Nope, he’s right in this instance.

    • brn

      What’s wrong with the title, or did they change it after you posted this?

      • Zandit75

        No, he’s suggesting they make it more accurate to put the blame where it belongs.

        • brn

          Title is fine. It doesn’t form an opinion and I’m OK with that. We can form our own opinions.

          • Ben

            Bingo.

          • ChrisInIL

            @disqus_J8n79tqfMU:disqus Guilty until proven innocent. Keep up with the times (sarcasm off)

    • Dude

      Thank you. You’re one of a few people with sense in this thread

  • Adilos Nave

    It goes without saying that this is a horrible crime. Can’t even imagine how terrible this is for her parents. But what I don’t understand is that this guy had definitely done some planning with having the rear children’s safety locks engaged so she couldn’t get out. But how did he plan this? And why? I don’t think she was targeted but he maybe figured somebody would stumble out and get into his car. There is more to this story.

    • Ben

      Some vehicles had a button near the driver to engage the locks and others you have to manually switch them on inside the rear doors. Like you said, there is more to this story than some random person waiting for someone to unexpectedly get into his car. What are the odds of that?

      • Adilos Nave

        Never seen that before. I’ve seen the driver’s window controls have the ability to lock out the function of all the other windows but never the doors. Think the Impala has that? In any case, yeah, has to be more to this story because I can’t imagine the guy expecting someone (and an attractive college student at that) to come out BY HERSELF and get in the car.

        • dumblikeyou2

          Many GM cars had this, “child lock” which most called it. It was to prevent a child from unlocking the door and opening the door will the car was in motion. It was basically a little override switch on the door near the seal that looked like a lightswitch. It wreaks havoc on someone with claustrophobia if you suddenly realize you can’t get out of the car at will, btw.

    • дапвт

      These people drive around at night and ask you if you called Uber. When people are drunk, they become idiots.

      • Bo Hanan

        “DRUNK” being the operative word.

  • Mr. EP9

    That’s just awful. I hope the SOB never sees the light of day. Hell, I wouldn’t mind the death penalty if applicable.

  • TheBelltower

    I use Uber at least three times a week. I’ve had some really great drivers, and some that are mentally unstable and creepy AF. The reality is, it’s really not much different than hitch hiking.

    • serge charles

      its nothing like hitchhiking you fearmonger

      • TheBelltower

        Getting into a random strangers’ vehicle. Besides using an app… please tell me how it’s different.

  • дапвт

    Check the goddamn license plate. How many times do people need repeating? I get people pull my door handle at least once s month, thinking I’m Uber.

    • Bo Hanan

      Amen.

  • .. EL CHAPO THA GREAT ??

    How about you post more news about recalls 2019 cars instead of this news report

    • Zandit75

      Huh?

  • Galaxium

    Whenever my friends and I go out, I’m always glad that I can easily identify cars on the road. My friends are rather clueless. The app will say our driver will be in a 2013 Honda Civic and what it looks like, but then still point at a 2003 Dodge Caravan and ask if that’s our ride.

  • FlameWater

    The tide pod eating generation isn’t doing so well

    • Zandit75

      So you’re putting the blame on the victim? Way to go a$$hole.

      • Bo Hanan

        This is sad, BUT- was she drunk? Why else would she just get in a car? She had no conversation with the driver prior to getting in the car.
        And frankly. there are actually more males Uber drivers falsely accused of sexual
        misconduct by females drivers. You can’t stop stupid.

        • Zandit75

          I’m sorry, but in what universe does her being drunk give him immunity? He is obviously a predator, she is not at blame in any aspect you choose to raise.

        • Maximilian Norlande Rabbitt

          Yeah, I would think it to be common sense to check with the driver first. I mean, what if it wasn’t a murderer and just wound up being an awkward situation? Would’ve preferred that, but what’s happened has happened.

        • Dude

          >You can’t stop stupid

          This is unfortunately true and evidenced by your comment. Should’ve deleted everything after the but.

      • S3XY

        So you’re making assumptions?

  • Here in Japan amateur taxis are strictly banned, and getting a professional license is very difficult. I prefer it that way.

  • supermanuel

    It’s no different to any taxi in that case, you just do’t need an app. So getting a cab is like hitchhiking?

  • Bash

    This is disturbing!
    What is wrong with the world, what have we become as a society!!!
    I mean, in 1999, don’t talk to strangers. In 2009, don’t go out with people you don’t know. In 2019 -even before-, heck we willingly ask strangers to take us places in their cars!

    • Craig

      What do you mean ‘we’? That freak certainly doesn’t represent ME. Does he represent who YOU ARE as a person? NO. So that’s 2 to 1. And that’s just you and me. He is outnumbered. Believe me. And he represents no one but himself.

      • Bash

        True, I wish I can take my comment back. But I guess what I’m saying is that where we are going as a race concerns me. What is the shape of the world and the kind of the people that our grand kids and their kids gonna live in and meet.

        • Paulbe

          There was nothing wrong with your first comment.

          • Craig

            So that killer DOES represent YOU then. Is that it?

        • Craig

          The future does seem scary. But I’m sure people from every generation said the same thing. [And felt the same way]

  • Bash

    What the F is the fish thing?

    • Ben

      I’m guessing sushi, but I could be wrong.

    • TheAmerican2point0

      Maybe certain things smell like fish, if you know what I mean. I don’t understand why you’d be excited about that though

      • Bash

        I’m not.

    • exeptor

      I like the sushi guess and the smell connection, but NO – it a genre in Japanese adult industry where they use fishes, octopuses and so on to enrich the “generic” acts :). Of course it is not SKAT level dexterity, but you have to see it to believe how twisted people can be.

      • Bash

        Well, some human tend to have more imagination for twisted and sick stuff than others.

  • Craig

    It’s hard not to believe that it was meant to be. I mean… what are the odds? She just happened to get into a car that was being driven by someone willing to kidnap and kill her? Incredible – when you think about it.

    • BlackPegasus

      It makes no sense to me either. But what frustrates me even more is the lack of real investigative reporting by the media. Considering the huge amount of attention this story has garnered not one media entity has explained HOW or WHY this young lady wrongly assumed the Chevy Impala was her Lyft/Uber.

      – What vehicle was shown to her when she requested the pickup?
      – Each rideshare driver has a photo along with a vehicle make and model, and plates.
      – Has Uber/Lyft provided law enforcement with data from the night she requested a ride?

      So many unanswered questions. Are we just supposed to assume this young lady was stupid or passive? Or was there something else afoot? We need real journalism not pseudo news.

      • Craig

        I absolutely agree. Did she just get into anything that rolled on by? It’s all so very odd. Do Uber cars have signs on them? [I’ve never seen one] As for journalists – it’s pathetic how something so tragic is treated with the respect of any other ‘sound bite’.

  • Paulbe

    At least a taxi looks like a taxi.

    If she’d looked inside at the driver she would have known (assuming she was “woke”) to get away fast.

  • Ashutosh

    Ola Cabs in India have this feature, where the moment a cab is allotted to the rider, a one time password is shown on the rider’s app. The rider has to share the OTP with the driver, without which the trip wont start.
    This ensures that the rider is in the correct vehicle. It does add one extra step to the entire process, but takes half a second and eliminates the probability an incident like this this.
    Uber in India doesnt have this feature either. For them, ease of use seems like bigger a priority than safety.

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