UPDATE: Misunderstanding leads to deaf ridesharing driver suspected of kidnapping

UPDATE 3:34 P.M.: A woman who jumped out of her Lyft ride and broke her ankle because she feared she was being kidnapped on Thursday night in San Francisco actually had a deaf driver who didn’t know she was talking to him, police said today.

San Francisco police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza said that officers contacted the hearing-impaired driver and determined that the incident was merely an unfortunate misunderstanding.

Esparza said the woman requested a rideshare via the transportation network company’s app from the Diamond Heights neighborhood to the Sunset District around 11:20 p.m.

She got into a silver Nissan Quest and the driver, a man in his 40s, apparently made a turn that the passenger thought was the wrong direction. The passenger tried to inquire but the driver didn’t hear her, Esparza said.

The passenger apparently became uneasy and decided to jump from the car in the 300 block of Corbett Avenue, in the Corona Heights neighborhood, Esparza said.

The woman suffered a broken ankle as she tried to run away, Esparza said.

Passengers should note that ridesharing companies regularly hire deaf or hearing-impaired drivers.

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ORIGINAL STORY 10:29 A.M.: A ridesharing driver is suspected of kidnapping a woman he picked up in San Francisco late Thursday, police said.

The 28-year-old female passenger jumped from the suspect’s car and broke her ankle running away around 11:24 p.m., police said. The incident was reported to police at the 300 block of Corbett Street, in the Corona Heights neighborhood.

The woman decided to clamber out of the silver Nissan Quest when the suspect was driving in the wrong direction, police said.

Besides being a man in his 40s, no detailed description of the suspect has been released by police.

It’s unclear which ridesharing company the woman was using.

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