ONLY ON WITN: Kidnapped Woman Speaks Out

A woman who was kidnapped, assaulted and robbed last week says she is lucky to have survived her ordeal.

Kimberly Matthews was found by state troopers unconscious in her car that was parked along I-95 in Halifax County a week ago.

The Wayne County woman stopped to give a ride to a man she thought she knew, but it turned out to be a total stranger who then forced her to drive away.

WITN's Michael Baldwin spoke with Matthews at her home today. Matthews says she considers herself lucky to be alive after a night of being beaten.

Matthews says every time she would do something "wrong", the man would hit her. The Grantham woman still wears the bruises from the attack on her face and arm.

The victim said it's not uncommon from where she lives for people to give other people a ride in their car, even if they don't know them. Now Matthews will do things differently. "I don't care if my friends call me up and ask for a ride, I'm going to tell them no."

Deputies in the two counties continue to search for them man, and Matthews hopes they catch him before he does this again to someone else.

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