In most instances, a car accident leaves evidence behind that helps police officers determine what happened and who was at fault. There are witnesses that can provide additional details of the crash. Sometimes, though, there area accidents that turn into unsolvable mysteries. Although these accidents are rare, they do happen. Here are the most mysterious car accidents on record.
According to accounts, Kyle Peterson, 29, wasn’t happy with his life in 2014. His mother said that her son talked about quitting his job and moving out of town. Contrary to what his mother said, friends of the man said that he was happy and excited about an upcoming trip to California.
On February 24, 2014, Peterson was traveling in Troutdale when he veered into a guardrail. When officers responded to the scene, Peterson was cooperative. He then began to act strangely, getting into his SUV and revving the engine. He then ran into the woods and was never seen again, despite a massive search.
Michael Hastings was a prominent reporter. On June 18, 2013, he was seen driving through Hancock Park in his Mercedes C250 Coupe. According to witnesses, the car was traveling so fast that sparks were coming from it. The car slammed into a tree, burst into flames and Hastings was killed.
The mystery comes about when people close to the man began to speak of a conspiracy. Before his death, Hastings said that he was onto something big, warning them that they may be approached by the FBI. One theory is that the FBI or another agency remotely took control of Hastings car and caused the accident.
It was Memorial Day weekend of 2013 when Geoffrey Wilson was attending a friend’s wedding. Wilson told a friend that he was going to get his rental vehicle and never returned. Shortly after, reports of an accident came into 911. Wilson had crashed his SUV into a fire hydrant and succumbed to his injuries at a local hospital.
The police have suggested that Wilson kept his car in neutral, got out to look at the fire hydrant, was pinned between the vehicle and the hydrant, unpinned himself, got back in the car and blacked out. His parents don’t believe the story, saying there are too many unanswered questions. The police’s explanation of Wilson’s behavior after the accident simply does not make sense to his family.
Patricia Meehan was involved in a crash in 1989. The 37-year-old woman walked away from the accident. She crossed a field and climbed over a fence. No one has seen her again. There have been several reports of seeing the woman over the past two decades, whose parents believe may have suffered amnesia as a result of the crash. Despite these reports, no one has been able to locate the Meehan. It has been 27 years since the accident, and no one knows what happened to her.
This incident occurred on June 26, 1995. Michael Hager, 21, was driving near Emporia, Virginia when he veered off of the road and into two trees. He and his passenger were not wearing seat belts and were ejected from the vehicle. Both died as a result of being thrown from the vehicle.
While Hager was identified, his passenger was not. Hager’s family had no idea that he was traveling with someone, and the man was carrying no identification. It is suspected that Hager picked up a hitchhiker on his travels and that is who the deceased passenger was. The passenger has not been identified to this day, despite a facial recreation being released by the Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Christene Skubish was driving on Highway 50 near Sacramento. In the car with her was her three-year-old son Nick. She somehow slid off of the road and traveled 40 feet down an embankment, coming to rest when she hit a tree. The vehicle remained where it landed for five days as officials searched for the pair.
Police finally discovered the car and its passengers after a couple saw the naked woman laying near the crash. Officers found the child in his passenger seat, suffering from dehydration and hypothermia. It was determined that Skubish had died almost instantly upon impact, making it impossible for her having been the couple saw. Some people say that the woman seen was the ghost of Christene, attempting to save her little boy.
It is very rare that car accidents are shrouded in such mystery. In most instances, police are able to reconstruct the accident thanks to their training, evidence left behind at the scene and information provided by witnesses. In cases like those above, there are more questions than answers, leaving families wondering not only what happened before and during the crash but, ultimately, what happened to their loved ones.
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