Terror struck an Indiana roadway as a mother of a 9-year-old boy abandoned him inside a moving vehicle when she noticed a spider rearing its ugly head.
As an Indiana women prepared for a journey with her 9-year-old son, she backed out of her driveway as she normally would. According to a report from the Washington Post, however, this is about when things stopped seeming so ordinary. Shortly after departing, Angela Kipp found herself in a perilous situation, and she was put there by none other than nature’s most terrifying critter: a spider.
As Kipp looked to her shoulder during the drive, she noticed an unexpected navigator resting hear her head. The spider on Kipp’s shoulder startled her so much that she abandoned her moving car this Friday, according to reports from the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department. Jumping from a moving vehicle is not the greatest way to avoid serious injury, and the stakes were significantly higher knowing that Kipp’s son was still onboard.
Miraculously, Kipp’s son, aged 9, was able to think quickly and respond to the perilous situation before things got any worse. He climbed out of his position in the back seat and into the driver’s seat, according to reports from local authorities. Adding to the drama, the boy accidentally hit the throttle thinking that it was the brake pedal in a desperate attempt to stop the vehicle from crashing.
As the young, inexperienced driver hit the gas pedal, the vehicle slammed straight into a passing school bus in a T-bone collision at the next intersection. By a stroke of pure luck, the bus was empty and no school children were harmed in the accident.
The impact from the collision caused the young boy to fall out of the open door, crashing onto the pavement. He sustained minor injuries from the episode, but was released back to his mother, according to Sergeant Chad Hill, a spokesman from the Kosciusko Sheriff’s Department.
Hill said that Kipp “had complete fear of the spider,” as she drove down the road and made the split second decision to abandon her vehicle with her son still inside. “She was responding to the fear of the spider, and unfortunately, had the car in gear.”
Hill has been serving with the Kosciusko Sheriff’s Department for over 25 years, and said the incident was one of the strangest he has ever encountered while on the job. He referred to the sequence of events as “astronomical.”
Kipp will face no charges as a result of the incident, but sources indicate than an investigation is ongoing. The driver of the school bus is fine as well.