Women Using Lyft Car Service Jumps from Car Fearing She is Being Kidnapped

Women Using Lyft Car Service Jumps from Car Fearing She is Being Kidnapped


A San Francisco woman who was picked up by a hearing-impaired driver broke her ankle jumping from the moving car when the driver failed to answer her, raising her suspicion, police said.


San Francisco police say the case of a woman who jumped out of a Lyft car after her driver went in the opposite direction of her neighborhood — initially reported as an attempted kidnapping — turned out to be a misunderstanding in which no crime was committed.

The 28-year-old woman, who was picked in the Diamond Heights neighborhood Thursday night, jumped out of the car and broke her ankle when the driver went the opposite direction from where she lived, said OfficerAlbie Esparza. The woman had told the driver to stop, Esparza said, but the driver kept on going.

The woman jumped out of the car at a stop light and took off running, breaking her ankle in the process.

It turned out that the driver was hard of hearing and did not hear the woman’s request to stop, Esparza said. Investigators believe he was heading toward the woman’s home, but via a different route from what the woman expected.

“There was no criminal maliciousness. There was no criminal intent,” Esparza said.


 

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