Jasmine Wibley, 18, feels lucky to be alive and well after a horrifying experience in a rideshare left her shaken.
Wibley recounted her experience in an interview with ABC 7 Chicago, where she says she faced a possible kidnapping attempt by her Uber driver.
Wibley said she was forced to sit in the passenger seat last Thursday when her Uber pool arrived because two other passengers were sitting in the back seat.
Many who use Uber know that the app offers a map and driving directions which each passenger can see, including the driver. Wibley noted that she was the second drop off during her ride share but became alarmed when the driver dropped off the first rider, but skipped her destination to drop off the third rider.
She noticed the driver turn off her ride, essentially making it seem as if the whole ride was completed. “According to Uber, I’m not in your car anymore,” she told ABC 7 Chicago.
Wibley said she attempted to get out of the car when the driver dropped off the third passenger, but could not easily escape.
“My door was locked, so I couldn’t get out of the car, so I looked over at him or whatever and he was already staring at me,” she said.
After unlocking the door, she jumped out, dodging the driver’s hold.
“As I’m getting out the car, he, like, grabs my jacket part. But I yanked away real quick, so it slipped out his hand,” she said.
Wibley said she ran for safety to a nearby bus stop. She claims the driver backed up and followed her, but eventually drove away.
“I’m just glad that she was thinking fast, and she was acting fast. And she got out of the situation,” said Theresa Peoples, Wibley’s mother.
Peoples maintains that her children will never use another Uber again. According to ABC 7 Chicago, who spoke with an Uber spokesperson, the driver has been terminated while the company cooperates with authorities in the ongoing investigation.
Wibley is not alone in her experience as other female rideshare users have come forward in recent years to share their harrowing stories of harrasment, attempted assault or abduction.
As we recently reported, a recent CNN investigation showed 103 Uber drivers in the country have been accused of a form of sexual assault in the past four years.