A woman jumped out of a Lyft car and broke her ankle, thinking she was being kidnapped. Soon she found out her Lyft driver was actually, um, deaf, and it was all a huge misunderstanding
San Francisco police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza told CBS San Francisco that the 40-year-old male Lyft driver with a hearing impairment accidentally made a wrong turn while driving the female passenger. When the woman asked about the wrong turn, the driver didn’t hear her and that’s when mayhem ensued.
“He never heard her say anything,” Esparza explained.
After telling the driver to stop with no success, the rider decided to take matters into her own hands and make a break for it — jumping out of the vehicle at a stop light and running away.
Investigators found that the Lyft driver was indeed not kidnapping her… just taking her home via a route she was previously unfamiliar with.
“There was no criminal maliciousness. There was no criminal intent,” Esparza said.