After Ride-Share Murder, New Jersey Changes the Law to Make Passengers Safer
By Emily Shapiro
New Jersey's governor on Thursday signed a law to improve rideshare safety in honor of Robbinsville, New Jersey, native Samantha "Sami" Josephson, a college student who was kidnapped and killed after she got into a car she mistakenly thought was an Uber.
Josephson, a 21-year-old senior at the University of South Carolina, was alone when she requested an Uber ride early on March 29, Columbia police said. After she got into a stranger's car — mistaking it for her Uber — the child safely locks were activated, preventing her from escaping, police said.
She died from multiple sharp force injuries, officials said, and her body was recovered in a wooded area. A suspect was arrested.
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed the law in Josephson's hometown. It will be known as "Sami's Law."