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San Francisco Woman Suffers Broken Ankle After Misunderstanding With Deaf Lyft Driver

| by Jordan Smith

Police have dropped all investigations into a reported kidnapping in San Francisco Oct. 29 after the incident turned out to be a misunderstanding.

An unidentified woman jumped from a Lyft car because she feared the driver was kidnapping her, KQED reported. Lyft is a rideshare company.

She was picked up around 11:20 p.m. on Oct. 29 and became concerned when she thought the driver took a wrong turn.

The 28-year-old woman asked the driver, who was in his 40s, to stop, but he continued on. It later emerged that the driver was deaf.

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“He never heard her say anything,” San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) spokesman Albie Esparza said, according to KQED.

The lack of a response from the driver prompted the woman to jump from the car at a stop light. As she tried to run away, she suffered a broken ankle.

Police were able to contact the man via TTY telephone, a phone designed for deaf users, on Oct. 30. The man was reportedly driving towards the woman’s home, but via a different route than she expected, according to police.

“There was no criminal maliciousness. There was no criminal intent,” Esparza added, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

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Another unrelated incident involving a different rideshare company occurred in San Francisco on the same day KQED reports. An Uber driver and his passenger were ordered out of the vehicle by a carjacker during a pick-up at around 3:20 a.m. The black male in his 20s reportedly drove off in the car.

Sources: KQEDSan Francisco Chronicle / Photo credit: KRON4, Alfredo Mendez/Flickr