USC student allegedly raped by Lyft driver; students wary about using the ride-share service

LAX AIRPORT, CA - AUGUST 20: Passengers connect with drivers at the Rideshare Lot at LAX as Uber and Lyft drivers held a moving rally as part of a statewide day of action to demand that both ride-hailing companies follow California law and grant drivers "basic employee rights" and to "denounce the corporations' efforts to avoid their responsibilities to workers." Uber and Lyft threatened to suspend services in California Thursday night but a court granted Uber and Left a stay to a preliminary injunction requiring both rideshare companies to reclassify their drivers as employees, meaning the rideshare companies will not suspend service in California tonight as they threatened. Los Angeles on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020 in LAX Airport, CA. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times
Passengers connect with drivers at the ride share Lot at LAX. (Al Seib/Los Angeles Times)

A USC student was allegedly raped by a Lyft driver after getting a ride home from a West Hollywood club, making some fellow university students wary of using the ride-share service.

The female student took the Lyft ride around 3 a.m. Wednesday back to her apartment on South Grand Avenue, according to a USC crime alert email sent to students.

After they got to the apartment, the Lyft driver allegedly raped the student in his car, which was described as a black sedan.

The attack has made some USC students rethink how safe it is to use the ride-share service, according to interviews with students by ABC 7 News.

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David Carlisle, assistant chief at USC's Department of Public Safety, confirmed that the alleged sexual assault is being investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department.

LAPD spokesperson Annie Moran confirmed that officers responded to investigate a sexual assault and that the accuser is a USC student. Moran didn't provide any further information about the investigation, including whether the driver had been arrested.

A Lyft spokesperson said they haven't identified a report of a ride matching the description given by the victim and can't confirm that the crime happened on Lyft's platform.

"Our thoughts are with the victim and this has no place in society," according to the statement. "We have reached out to law enforcement and stand ready to assist with their investigation.”

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This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.