Report Shares Safety Tips for Ridesharing Customers After South Carolina Murder
SOUTH CAROLINA – A news report from cbsnews.com shares safety tips for ridesharing customers in light of the murder of a student in South Carolina. The college student got into a vehicle she thought was her Uber ride, and the driver of that vehicle is now accused of her murder.*
A 21-year-old student of the University of South Carolina was spending an evening out with her friends. Around 2 a.m. on March 29, she requested a ride home through the Uber ridesharing app. Surveillance footage from outside a bar then shows her getting into the back of a black Chevrolet Impala. This vehicle and driver were not affiliated with Uber.
At around 1:30 p.m. on March 29, the woman’s friends reported her missing, and CBS reports that her body was found that afternoon in a wooded area. Police later located the vehicle from the footage and arrested the driver, a 24-year-old man. Officers found the victim’s cell phone in the man’s car, along with blood and bleach.
Popular ridesharing companies Uber and Lyft have safety tips posted for customers, which CBS listed in its report. These tips include planning rides ahead of time, staying inside while requesting and waiting for a ride, and only going outside when the app indicates the ride has arrived. The tips also say to check the color, model, and license plate on the car against the information in the app.
Uber and Lyft also encourage riders to use the back seat, share their driver’s information with a friend, and use their intuition during the ride. If they do not feel safe, the tips say, riders should decline the ride or call the police.
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