USC student Samantha Josephson was
murdered after the police say she got into her accused murderer's car, mistakenly believed that it was the uber she had called for.
Four days after a university in South Carolina, students were killed after entering a car, mistakenly thought she was rideshare, lawmakers in the state Tuesday introduced a bill calling for all rideshare services in the state having illuminated signs of their vehicles.
State Reps. Seth Rose, a Democrat and Republican Micah Caskey said the law would require the sign visible from at least 50 feet away.
"Helping riders avoid psychosis is a non-brainer," Caskey said in a Twitter post. "I'm hoping we can quickly get this bipartisanship bill through the legislator."
Samantha Josephson, 21, was standing outside a bar in the trendy Five Points district of Columbia around 2 am Friday when a vehicle rolled up and she climbed into the back seat, apparently thought it was rideshare she called, police said. Monitoring video shows the Chevy Impala drive away.
Josephson's body was found by deer hunters on Saturday afternoon in a rural area more than 60 miles away. The police arrested hours later and said that blood and her cell phone were found in the suspect's vehicle. The child locks had been engaged, which means she would not have been able to escape when she realized her mistake.
Josephson's death was the result of "more sharp cancer injuries," said state law enforcement department.
Her father Seymour Josephson says he wants others to learn from what happened to his daughter and be more careful about using ride-hailing services. And he wants to see these services improve the security of the customers.
"Samantha's father said he wants everyone to remember her name," Rose said. "This bill, which requires illuminated vehicle signage, is called" Samantha L. Josephson Ridesharing Safety Act. "
Uber has already begun to roll out a glowing sign that it calls" lighthouses "in some markets. color that the wild passenger chooses so they know exactly which car is the one they are waiting for.
Josephson's services are set on Wednesday in her home country of New Jersey, a $ 5,000 GoFundMe campaign to raise funeral and other funds Expenses have raised more than $ 65,000 in Monday's promises.
"Nothing will ever stop psychosis from doing psychological things, but if we can take a step to make it harder for psychoses to be psychosis, we should do it, "Caskey said.
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