Transcript for Parents of student slain after mistaking car for Uber speak out
we have an exclusive interview with the parents of Samantha Josephson. She was killed after getting into a stranger's car thinking it was her Uber. Making ridesharing services safe is now the mission of their life and we'll speak with Seymour and Marci Josephson after this reporting from linsey Davis. Reporter: This gives pause to anyone who uses rideshare services. Samantha Josephson planned to attend law school, but last month she was murdered after getting into the back of a car that she thought was her Uber these are the last images of 21-year-old Samantha Josephson alive. The university of South Carolina student seen getting into this black Chevy impala, the car she believed was her Uber around 2:00 A.M. After a night with friends last month. The suspect is Nathaniel David Rowland who is in the an Uber driver at all, but was passing by when she made the fatal mistake of getting inside. The child safety locks were activated on the door that would not allow someone to the means of escape. Reporter: The next afternoon Turkey hunters discovered Josephson's body in this area about nine minutes from her campus. Sha surveillance footage was used to track down Rowland's they found blood and a cell phone inside. Rowland remains in jail charged with Josephson's kidnapping and murder. She was by herself. What we have learned is that you cannot, men or women, you guys have to travel together. Reporter: Friends and family gathering to remember the political science major who was just a few weeks away from graduation. We all consider ourselves lucky to have loved and known Sammy. Our lives will be better very having known her. We love you, Sammy. Reporter: This week, the South Carolina house passed the ridesharing safety act bill to make it easier for riders to identify the car. George? Thank you very much. We are joined by Samantha's parents Seymour and Marci Josephson. This hit home for us for so many of us, and we are so sorry for your loss. Thank you. We know it's hard for you to come in here today, but you promised that Samantha will not be forgotten. What do you want everybody to know about her? We just want you to know that she was a fabulous young woman. Kind, a best friend to everyone, really determined, hard worker and a fun young woman. You called her sweet pea? Yeah. I call both of my children sweet pea. They are just -- both of my kids are phenomenal. They are our best friend, and as the vigil said, all the kids that got up, they all said that she's my best friend. She's my best friend, and to us, our kids are our best friends. Now you're going to Y to save the lives of so many other kids and so many other people all across the country, all across the world. What are the big changes you want to see happen right now? So South Carolina has processed passing the law for the elimination of the signs and I think that's great. It's a great start. Put the signs up in the windows. Yes, and I think that's great, but with this, what happened was that Samantha mistakenly thought this was her Uber, and -- It wasn't even an Uber driver. It wasn't an Uber. He was impersonating an Uber driver, and one of the things we want to do is there are 19 states that do not have front license plates on their car, and South Carolina happened to be one of them, so you can't see when the car's pulling up. You can't see the front license plate, so I think -- I'm not saying to change all the states and make it Mand toirks but if you are going to be in the ridesharing industry, you should have a front license plate. Some things we all have to do. That important question, what's my name? It has to be automatic like putting on a seat belt. You have to ask, what's my name? Because it can be anyone, and if the only thing we can do is to help change the way everyone thinks so no one else has to go through this. And they can put a code on the driver side and passenger side. Like a bar code. Put your phone up to it and if it turns green, it's my ride. If it's not, it turns red. The technology is out there. It's a very easy way to implement this -- the safety of the consumer as well as the I can imagine you have probably been hearing from so many people across the country since this happened, reaching out with sympathy and help. Yeah. We have heard from strangers all over the country, and so many people have told us it could have been our daughter or son, ourselves. All of us think that. And I think it has become such a natural -- normal phenomenon, using Uber and we trust people, but you can't. We have to change the way the laws are to make it safer. That's our nature. We automatically assume we're safe, and we put our loved ones in an Uber or Lyft. We teach our kids growing up not to get in cars with strangers and what do we do? We get in cars with strangers. We have to change the way we think about all this. And laws have to change. We have spoken to our local congressman and they want to do something together with us. Federally. Do something federally, and we want to put this together and make sure it passes and it's a bipartisan issue. That's fitting in so many ways. I know Samantha wanted to go to law school. The university of South Carolina will be giving you her degree possibly in may. You want to be there for her. It will be the hardest thing for us to go, but we need to go. She wanted us there. She wanted us there, and I had reviewed some of our old text messages and she had said something about us not being able to attend and she said it was all right if we didn't attend and we said, we wouldn't miss it for the world. Of course, you won't, and you're going to help a lot of people with what you are doing right now. We're sorry again for your loss, and thank you for coming in. Thank you.
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