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PSA: Don’t let yourself be locked in a trunk

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Remember there is a safety release on the inside

Brittany Diggs, a 25-year-old nursing student, was abducted and eventually held captive in the trunk of her own car. Thinking fast, she used the back-light on her insulin pump to illuminate the cramped compartment and see the pull cord for emergency exit of a trunk. In an interview with NBC News, Diggs says:

“My biggest fear was he was going to drive my car into a river and I’m gonna drown here and no one’s gonna know I’m in this trunk.
“I’m just sitting there thinking, I might have a trunk latch, I remember seeing a video on facebook… I just got the bright idea to use my insulin pump light, which is not a bright light, but it was bright enough to see,”

She was able to exit the trunk, while the car was in motion and ran to a gas station where she was able to phone for help.

This is a frightening story, because Brittany was just on her way home when it happened. This incident has traumatized this young woman and we would like to share this PSA video in hopes that others in this situation can also escape. For new cars, ones made after 2000, there is a pull release:

 

For older models there is a way to escape as well”

 

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