What happened next shocked the student, as the drive began driving the wrong direction, ultimately pulling into an alleyway. She attempted to get out of the car, but the driver groped her body and attempted to keep her from leaving. She fought back and was able to escape by running away.
The student, identified only as Hahna, said she realized she made several mistakes which led to the assault. “There are multiple things I did that put me in a vulnerable situation,” she said.
First, she could have tracked the Lyft driver using the GPS function within the app on her smart phone. Secondly, she could have asked the driver who he was there to pick up, and paid attention to the year, make and model of the car she was entering. Thirdly, the app includes the license plate of the Lyft tags, and a picture of the driver.
She made several statements in her interview that most victims say, “I can’t believe it happened to me.” However, once it did happen she executed a plan to correct her mistakes and is speaking out to help other students avoid becoming a victim of crime.
Things Hahna did right: She was paying enough attention to realize she was in a bad situation. As soon as the car came to a stop, she made an attempt to escape the vehicle. When this didn’t work, she fought hard for her life.
In my view this is a life and death struggle. The crimes perpetrated against her include several violent felonies: kidnapping, gross sexual imposition, and attempted rape.
If she felt her life was in jeopardy, and any reasonable person may assume this, the crimes may have risen to the level of deadly force, as well as any force option below that including blunt force trauma, strikes to disable (eyes, throat), and any empty hand tactics.
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