Student dead after mistaking car for Uber
A missing American woman has been confirmed dead after she likely mistook a random car for an Uber outside a bar in Columbia, South Carolina.
Samantha Josephson, a New Jersey native and senior at the University of South Carolina, was last seen getting into a late-model Chevrolet Impala about 2am on Friday in the city's 5Points area, police said.
Friends said Josephson, 21, left the Bird Dog bar alone after a night out with pals, according to The Daily Gamecock.
She may have mistaken the car she got into for a ride share. An Uber did arrive for Josephson, but left when the driver couldn't find her.
"When she didn't show up at her downtown residence and didn't answer repeated phone calls, her friends became concerned and notified (police)," cops said in a statement.
Authorities refused to comment yet on how the 21-year-old political science major died.
Her father confirmed her death in a heart-wrenching post on Saturday morning.
"I will miss and love my baby girl for the rest of life," Seymour Josephson, wrote on Facebook.
"I could continue to write about her, but it kills me. I sit here and cry while looking at the picture and write this," he said, referring to a shot of the proud dad and a smiling Samantha posing on a couch, her right arm wrapped around his shoulders.
More than 10,000 posts expressing sympathy soon appeared.
"A pain no parent should ever have to bear. Praying for your family, friends and the Robbinsville community," Vickie Lawson posted.
Josephson, who friends said was headed to Drexel University Law School in Philadelphia, is the third USC student to die in a week.
One student took their own life on Monday, and Parker Neff, a USC Salkehatchie baseball player, died on Friday after collapsing on the field, The State reported.
"It has been a difficult week for our extended Carolina family," USC president Harris Pastides said in a statement.
"The loss of a student is never easy but this has been a particularly painful few days as we have experienced loss on several of our campuses.
"As a family, let's continue to pray for all the families experiencing heartache and grief this week."
This article originally appeared in the New York Post and is republished with permission