A University of South Carolina student, whose body was found in a field hours after she got into a vehicle she mistakenly thought was her Uber ride, died from multiple sharp force injuries, according to the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.
Samantha Josephson, 21, was a student at the University of South Carolina, and she requested an Uber around 2 a.m. Friday in Columbia, SC.
She was last seen getting into a black Chevy Impala, according to Columbia Police Chief W.H. “Skip” Holbrook.
Her body was found in a field 14 hours later with numerous wounds, including on her head, neck, face, upper body, leg, and foot.
This is a nightmare riders think about and an issue drivers need to address. The University of South Carolina has asked students to never get into a rideshare without doing the following…
- Ensure the license plate, make, model, and color of the vehicle match what’s in your app and the driver matches the photo and name in the app; AND
- Ask the drive, “WHAT’S MY NAME?” If s/he doesn’t say your name, DO NOT get into the vehicle.
Below is the letter from the University of South Carolina to students…
Safety goes both ways – be sure to ask the rider’s name and tell them your name before starting the ride.
Remember her name: Samantha Josephson.