A Student Was Killed After Mistaking A Car For An Uber


A college student was viciously kidnapped and murdered two years ago by a man she mistook for a Uber driver, a South Carolina prosecutor told jurors on Tuesday, according to NBC News.

The man accused of slaying South Carolina college senior Samantha Josephson, a 2019 crime that brought national attention to ride-hail safety, is on trial.

The woman, Samantha Josephson, was out with her friends, just months short of graduating from the University of South Carolina, before she was killed on March 29, 2019, authorities said.

Authorities said Josephson, 21, a native of Robbinsville, New Jersey, was in Columbia’s Five Points entertainment district when she got into Nathaniel Rowland’s black Chevrolet Impala, believing it was her ride home.

Fifth Circuit Solicitor Byron Gipson told jurors that they would be shown security video, cellphone tracking data, the murder weapon and other incriminating evidence that would lead to a finding of guilty.

“It’s those intentional deliberate, heinous, cruel and malicious acts that Nathaniel David Rowland has been indicted for kidnapping Samantha Josephson. He’s been indicted for murdering Samantha Josephson,” Gipson said.

“And he’s been indicted for possession of a weapon from the commission of a violent crime. And at the appropriate time, we’ll ask that you return verdicts on guilty on each one of those counts,” Gipson said.

Josephson was scheduled to graduate in May 2019 before going to law school.

If he is convicted, Rowland could face up to life in prison without parole. He has been held in the Richland County jail since his arrest in 2019.

Josephson’s death drew national attention to ride-sharing safety and spurred changes within the industry, including more prominent displays of drivers’ license plates and a requirement that drivers say the names of their passengers before they travel.

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