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Parents of slain college student want rideshares to step-up safety precautions

April 15, 2019 - 3:06 pm

ROBBINSVILLE, N.J. (1010 WINS) -- The parents of Samantha Josephson are trying to make something positive out of the death of their daughter.

She was the New Jersey college student who got into a car she mistook for an Uber. The driver is now charged with murder.

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On ABC's Good Morning America, her father Seymour, discussed the idea of placing a QR code sticker in Ubers, Lyfts, and other ride sharing cars.

"You put your phone up to it, that's my ride, if it's not your ride it turns red," he said.

Samantha disappeared on March 29, after a night out with friends at the University of South Carolina. She was from Robbinsville, New Jersey, and set to graduate in a matter of weeks.

Seymour and his wife Marci said they're glad to see that the South Carolina House passed a bill that would require illuminated signs, CNN reported.

"I think that's great. It's a great start," Seymour said.

He also wants rideshare cars to have front license plates so customers can verify that they're getting a ride from the right person.

"There are 19 states that do not have front license plates on their car," he said. "South Carolina happened to be one of them."

Josephson's body was found about 90 miles from where she got into a vehicle that she mistook for an Uber. Stab wounds were found all over her body.

Nathaniel David Rowland is accused of kidnapping and murder in her death.

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