Father of murdered college student fights for federal law to prevent more tragedies
The father of a college student who was murdered by a man after she mistook his car for an Uber says he won’t stop fighting to make sure what happened to his daughter won’t happen to anyone else.
Seymour Josephson is on a mission to see a federal law passed that would require ride-sharing services to provide more identification.
Samantha Josephson, of Robbinsville, was murdered by Nathaniel Rowland in South Carolina in March of 2019. The 21-year-old college student mistakenly got into Rowland’s car, thinking that it was her Uber ride. Rowland locked her in the vehicle and stabbed her over 100 times, before disposing of her body.
Rowland was convicted of the murder earlier this week and was sentenced to life in prison.
“He’s in jail for life and that’s…the best thing because he could suffer,” says Seymour Josephson.
Seymour has been fighting to have laws passed to require ride-sharing apps like Uber or Lyft do more to identify themselves.
“That’s what really upset me. They’re not doing their part,” he says.
Sami’s Law was signed into law in New Jersey in June 2019. But a federal version of the law has been sitting in the United States Senate for months. The law requires ride-share drivers to display two types of identification, including a scannable barcode to confirm the ID.
“That’s our ultimate goal, is to make this a federal mandate of technology. They're technology transactions technology companies. We want technology to make the safer confirmation. They have it already – just do it,” Seymour Josephson says.
He says that he especially wants to see more advocacy from Uber, which initially showed its support for the family, but stopped.
“I’ll even call Uber and tell them to their face. I don’t care. I’m gonna go down fighting and we’re gonna continue the fight,” Seymour Josephson says.
He says he plans to go to Washington D.C. in September when lawmakers return from break to encourage them to pass Sami’s Law.