Ohio State student says she was attacked by fake Lyft driver

"I fought my way out of the car and ran," said 18-year-old Ohio State University student Hahna, as she described what happened after she got into a bogus Lyft driver's car. (WSYX/WTTE)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) - An Ohio State University student is warning people about a bogus Lyft driver she says attacked her shortly after picking her up near campus early Friday morning.

"I fought my way out of the car and ran," said Hahna, 18, as she described what happened after she got into the passenger's seat of a car.

She thought she was being driven by someone who worked for the rideshare company Lyft.

"A car pulled up. I got into the car. I should've asked for a name," said Hahna. "I didn't."

Hahna says she knew something was wrong minutes after she was picked up, when the driver headed in the opposite direction of her destination, and then randomly parked in an alley near Lane Avenue.

"He started grabbing my thighs, my arm, trying to keep me from getting out of the car, yelling at me," she said.

Hahna managed to escape the car and run to safety and now knows the man behind the wheel was not the Lyft driver sent to pick her up.

"I have five missed calls that came from the phone number that was supposed to pick me up," she said.

Hahna says her phone shows she received those calls while she was with the bogus driver.

Columbus Police are investigating the alleged assault.

Hahna now wants to get the word out about the suspicious driver, who turned her rideshare into a nightmare.

"I would never thought something like this would happen to me," she said

Lyft's website includes a safety page that alerts passengers what they can do to correctly identify a driver before getting into a car. When passengers request a ride using the Lyft app, they get a text confirmation that includes the driver’s name as well as the make, model and color of their car. Passengers also immediately see a picture of their driver’s face, their car and their license plate number, and can track their driver’s arrival via GPS.

Hahna says she now plans to take advantage of safety features whenever she steps into a stranger's car.

"There are multiple things I did that put me in a vulnerable situation," she said.

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