Student's death sparks bill requiring Uber and Lyft drivers to display illuminated signs

By Brian Pascus

/ CBS News

Student killed after mistaking car for Uber

A bill has been introduced in the South Carolina Legislature that would require Uber and Lyft drivers to display an illuminated sign on their vehicle window. Rep. Seth Rose said the bill was in response to the death of 21-year-old University of South Carolina student Samantha Josephson, who was killed after apparently getting into a car she thought was her Uber ride early Friday.

Titled the "Samantha L. Josephson Ridesharing Safety Act," the bill requires all transportation network companies (TNC) like Uber or Lyft to "possess and display certain illuminated signage at all times when the TNC driver is active."

House Speaker Jay Lucas placed the bill on the calendar for Wednesday to be debated by House members in the South Carolina Legislature.

Columbia, South Carolina, police believe Josephson mistakenly got into a car driven by 24-year-old Nathaniel David Rowland. She was traveling alone and was returning home after a night out.

"We believe … that she simply mistakenly got into this particular car thinking it was an Uber ride," Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook said, noting surveillance video captured her getting into the car. "She opened the door and got into it and departed with the suspect driving."

Rowland was arrested Saturday after police conducted a traffic stop on his vehicle, which matched the description of the car Josephson was seen entering on video footage. Josephson's blood was found in the trunk and inside the black Chevy Impala, along with her cellphone and bleach, window cleaner and cleaning wipes, Holbrook said.

Rowland has been charged with murder and kidnapping.

First published on April 2, 2019 / 5:01 PM

© 2019 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Student's death sparks bill requiring illuminated Uber and Lyft signs

Samantha Josephson was killed after apparently getting into a car she thought was her Uber ride

20M ago

13-year-old buys his single mom a car

The mother of three said the last few weeks have been a struggle, so her son's gift was "the shock of her life"

21M ago

Chair of North Carolina GOP indicted on federal corruption charges

State GOP Chairman Robin Hayes and Greg Lindberg, a major Republican donor, were charged with bribery, conspiracy and other crimes

30M ago

Woman accused of lying her way into Mar-a-Lago with malware-infected device

The woman told investigators her Chinese friend told her to travel from Shanghai to speak with a member of the president's family about U.S.-China relations

updated 14M ago

Vote to change confirmation process for judicial nominees narrowly fails

The resolution would have dramatically sped up the confirmation process for judicial and executive branch nominees

41M ago

Chair of North Carolina GOP indicted on federal corruption charges

State GOP Chairman Robin Hayes and Greg Lindberg, a major Republican donor, were charged with bribery, conspiracy and other crimes

30M ago

Woman accused of lying her way into Mar-a-Lago with malware-infected device

The woman told investigators her Chinese friend told her to travel from Shanghai to speak with a member of the president's family about U.S.-China relations

updated 14M ago

Vote to change confirmation process for judicial nominees narrowly fails

The resolution would have dramatically sped up the confirmation process for judicial and executive branch nominees

41M ago

Democrats announce location of second presidential primary debate

Democratic National Committee says it will try to give "all types of candidates the opportunity to reach the debate stage"

1H ago

Pete's path: How Buttigieg plans to win the Democratic nomination

The South Bend mayor looks to build on his newfound political celebrity and millions in new donations as he hits the campaign trail

2H ago

Canada is warming at twice the global rate

The report points to "human influence" as the main cause

1H ago

John Lennon, Yoko Ono seen on honeymoon in footage found in cellar

John Lennon, Yoko Ono famously staged honeymoon "bed-in" for peace in Amsterdam hotel

2H ago

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle just launched their own Instagram account

The couple's separate Instagram account is another move away from the rest of the royal family

3H ago

Protesters strip in U.K. Parliament to call for climate action

Extinction Rebellion group says protest was meant to highlight "the vulnerability that all of us share in the face of environmental and societal breakdown"

5H ago

Khashoggi's children reportedly get "blood money" from Saudi gov't

Washington Post says four adult children of slain reporter already given houses, monthly payments, and they could get much more

6H ago

Mick Jagger report shines light on heart procedure

The Rolling Stones frontman says he hopes to be back on stage soon

50M ago

Women suing Charlie Rose make new claims of sexual harassment

"As I sat down, Rose intentionally placed his hand on the bench so that my buttocks landed on his hand and he kept his hand under me," wrote one woman suing the former CBS News anchor

1H ago

John Lennon, Yoko Ono seen on honeymoon in footage found in cellar

John Lennon, Yoko Ono famously staged honeymoon "bed-in" for peace in Amsterdam hotel

2H ago

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle just launched their own Instagram account

The couple's separate Instagram account is another move away from the rest of the royal family

3H ago

Alyssa Milano: "I am proud to call Joe Biden a friend"

She called him "a leader and a champion on fighting violence against women"

5H ago

Canada is warming at twice the global rate

The report points to "human influence" as the main cause

1H ago

Florida utility plans world's biggest renewable battery

Florida Power & Light's battery would replace two natural gas power plants and be a boon for renewable energy

1H ago

Historian on the story behind JFK's "great space race"

Douglas Brinkley is telling the backstory of the mission in his new book, "American Moonshot"

3H ago

Students use tech to tackle school shootings

Two high school students have developed door-lock mechanisms to protect classrooms

5H ago

Lyft stock continues skid as Wall St questions its prospects

Ride-hailing service's shares have fallen more than 24 percent since company went public on Friday

6H ago

Mick Jagger report shines light on heart procedure

The Rolling Stones frontman says he hopes to be back on stage soon

50M ago

Outgoing FDA commissioner warns of strict action on e-cigs

Scott Gottlieb spoke to CBS News' Dr. Jon LaPook about the dangers of e-cigarettes

1H ago

Top health official issues new warning on rare polio-like disease

"Don't assume that it's going to stay at a couple of hundred cases every other year," said Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

2H ago

Autism and the danger of children wandering off

According to surveys, about half of children with autism were reported to wander

3H ago

"Inside Edition" anchor Deborah Norville to undergo surgery

"We live in a world of 'see something, say something,' and I'm really glad we do," she said in a video posted online

17H ago

Florida utility plans world's biggest renewable battery

Florida Power & Light's battery would replace two natural gas power plants and be a boon for renewable energy

1H ago

Where does the IRS audit the most? Poor, rural counties

Taxpayers in poor U.S. counties are more likely to get audited by the agency than people in rich areas

2H ago

Steve Wynn's company hid sex allegations, regulator says

Casino regulators say executives at company concealed for years allegations of sexual misconduct against founder Wynn

3H ago

CBS credit union manager charged with embezzling $40 million

An auditor of credit unions became the manager of one — now he faces felony charges of bank fraud and identity theft

updated 30M ago

Lyft stock continues skid as Wall St questions its prospects

Ride-hailing service's shares have fallen more than 24 percent since company went public on Friday

6H ago

Student's death sparks bill requiring illuminated Uber and Lyft signs

Samantha Josephson was killed after apparently getting into a car she thought was her Uber ride

20M ago

Pittsburgh approves gun restrictions months after synagogue shooting

Pro-gun advocates have already vowed to take legal action against the new gun control measures

2H ago

CBS credit union manager charged with embezzling $40 million

An auditor of credit unions became the manager of one — now he faces felony charges of bank fraud and identity theft

updated 30M ago

Police: Nipsey Hussle murder was "personal dispute"

Los Angeles officials gave an update on rapper Nipsey Hussle's murder and violence in Los Angeles

2H ago

Martin Shkreli in solitary confinement in prison

Federal investigators had been probing whether the so-called "Pharma Bro" was using a contraband cellphone behind bars

2H ago  Original Article