A 58-year-old Turlock man was fortunate to have only sustained minor injuries after clinging to the hood of his car in an effort to thwart a carjacking — all while the driver crashed into multiple parked vehicles.
The 15-year-old girl who was behind the wheel is now facing a litany of criminal charges, the Turlock Police Department reported.
The Turlock Police Department first became aware of the incident when they received multiple phone calls starting around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday reporting an erratic driver in the area of Four Seasons Park. Many of the calls stated the driver had crashed into several vehicles and at least one reported seeing a man hanging on the hood, said Turlock Police spokesperson Deandra Wiley.
The incident first began when the man pulled over near the park to make a phone call. The 15-year-old girl and a 17-year-old boy approached the vehicle and began assaulting the man through the open window.
The pair pulled the man out of the car and the 15-year-old girl jumped in behind the wheel. At some point the 17-year-old opted to end his role in the carjacking and walked away from the scene, Wiley said.
The 58-year-old man flung himself onto his vehicle as the girl started to drive away in it.
The girl drove the vehicle around the Four Seasons Park neighborhoods and in the process struck at least eight vehicles, Wiley said.
The man clung to the hood for more than a mile as the girl drove erratically around the neighborhood, striking eight vehicles and one stop sign in the process.
In the 600 block of Gettysburg Street the girl lost control of the Cadillac and spun out. This caused the man to be flung off the car. A home video surveillance camera was filming as the man was thrown onto the street and captured footage of the girl backing the car up, spinning it around and taking off, with the tires narrowly missing the man’s head.
A witness to the incident followed the girl as she drove off in the Cadillac and relayed to the police when she pulled into the Safeway parking lot on W. Monte Vista Avenue.
Police were quickly on scene and apprehended the girl as she was walking away from the Cadillac.
The 17-year-old boy was found near the park and taken into custody.
The man positively identified the two teenagers as his attackers.
The man sustained minor injuries from the incident, including lacerations, but declined to be transported to the hospital, Wiley said.
The 15-year-old girl was arrested on suspicion of attempted homicide, kidnapping, carjacking and multiple counts of felony vandalism. The 17-year-old was arrested for carjacking.