Today in “could’ve gone much worse,” an empty tan pickup truck rolled through the intersection of 12th and Madison. An onlooker managed to help save the day by catching up with the truck and guiding it, backwards, to safety, an SPD officer at the scene tells CHS.
“No property damages, nobody was hurt, pretty much the best case scenario,” the officer said.
A person inside nearby High 5 Pie had a “wait a minute” moment as they watched the truck rolling by the window storefront, according to an SPD officer. The person ran out of the shop, and managed to
jump in the unlocked truck (See below for details!) as it rolled by, steering it backwards safely through the intersection and guiding it to a parking spot across the street by Cafe Presse.
According to reports from the owner of the truck and an on-scene SPD officer, the vehicle was parked around 11:00 a.m. near High 5 Pie. The owner of the truck said she “must’ve forgotten the parking brake” because the car began to slowly roll backwards down 12th Avenue about five minutes later. The owner was unaware her truck had escaped as she shopped across the street.
“I walked out of Pacific Supply Co. and went, ‘where the hell did my car go?'” the owner said, “I’m just glad it didn’t get towed.”
The owner was cited by SPD for endangering public safety.
Thanks to Frances Dinger for the tip.