NORTHGLENN, Colo. (CBS4) – Police in Thornton investigated a bizarre series of car crashes between 104th Avenue and Washington Street on Monday afternoon that was connected with more crashes later in Northglenn. A total of 14 vehicles were damaged.
“It’s crazy, I don’t know how one person can do so much damaged. It was crazy,” said one victim.
Police in Thornton told CBS4 that an adult female driving eastbound on 104th Avenue sideswiped four vehicles and rear-ended a silver Cadillac Escalade as she approached Washington Street just before 4 p.m.
She told police she was having a medical episode. Authorities tweeted out an update.
The owner of the Escalade got out of her vehicle to look at the damage and the driver who caused the other crashes got into that SUV and drove away northbound on Washington Street, striking several more vehicles.
Northglenn Police took her into custody near Washington Street and Malley Drive.
Kelsie Parker’s Nissan was the first to be struck, “All of a sudden a car came between me and a black truck and my whole side was swiped out.”
She suffered some injuries to her arm and shoulder.
“I couldn’t get out of my driver’s door so I had to climb through the side and get out,” said Parker.
Witnesses say shortly after striking the second set of vehicles, the stolen SUV stopped running. That’s when the suspect tried to run away but officers caught up to her and took her into custody. She was later transported to the hospital for a medical evaluation.
Police said the other injuries suffered in the crashes appear to be minor but another person was also hospitalized.
“I was kind of mad at the beginning but later I was like, ‘Wow. This could’ve happened to us,'” said witness Karla Morales.
The scenes were cleaned up and traffic was moving again by 6 p.m. Monday.