Stopping at the scene of a crash to lend a hand to those involved is an instinct that most drivers possess. However, would-be Good Samaritans might think again, after a woman who came to the aid of an SUV driver had her car stolen by the very person she was trying to help.
Honolulu native Jennifer Jones was driving home from a Super Bowl event on Sunday when she noticed the 4×4 in front of her driving erratically, before crashing into a concrete central barrier.
Ms. Jones stopped immediately and rushed over to the passenger, who appeared seriously injured.
This is like a plot Hawaii Five-0 would reject.
But while she was doing that, the SUV’s driver hopped into her Mazda MX-5 sports car and took off down the road.
“He burned rubber and screeched right out of there,” said Jones to KHON2 News.
“I just assumed he was another guy who stopped on the side of the road and saw an opportunity and took it.”
The plot thickened for the 39-year-old cosmetics saleswoman, when police arrived and arrested the other occupants of the crashed car on suspicion of stealing it.
Police later confirmed a 22-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of theft.
Jones was later able to track her car, using a GPS based app on her iPhone, and found it abandoned around a mile away from the crash site with most of her belongings missing.
“I've been through so much stress, all I can do is laugh at this point,” she said.
“This is like a plot Hawaii Five-0 would reject.”
February 7, 2014