Runaway car ends up in backyard
Owner unsure how unoccupied vehicle moved on its own
POTTSTOWN » A runaway car turned some heads May 30 as it rolled down a hill and into the back steps of a home.
While police at the scene said they could not provide information on the incident, the car’s owner, James Rodgers, 83, of Grant Street, said he wasn’t sure what exactly happened to cause his Mercury Sable to roll down the street unmanned at around 3:30 p.m. May 30.
“I went out and tried to start it. I used it earlier today but I tried to start it and it wouldn’t start. The key wouldn’t unlock,” said Rodgers. “It was in park but I couldn’t get it out.”
When Rodgers couldn’t get the vehicle to start, he decided to use his truck to run errands instead. After finishing up one of his errands, Rodgers said he received a call from his wife who told him the car had “run away.”
“It drifted straight down the street and into that house,” said Rodgers.
While the vehicle didn’t strike anything else on the way down the street, Rodgers said the car eventually hit the back steps of a home further down Grant Street. It came to a rest in the backyard of the home.
The vehicle was towed from the scene by Douglassville Auto Body.
A vehicle ended up in the backyard of a home on the 300 block of Grant Street May 30 after the owner said he couldn’t get it to start earlier in the day.