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


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.

“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.

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


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