ARVADA, Colo. — An Arvada woman believes a baseball shattered her windshield as she drove on the Boulder Turnpike on Wednesday, and she says it could have killed her.
“It sounded like a bomb went off,” said Rene Lopez, who showed Fox31 Denver the damage to the windshield.
Though the object didn’t pierce through the windshield, it did shatter glass throughout the interior of the car.
“You can see how the dashboard was completely covered in glass shards,” Lopez said. “There was so much glass that when we got out we actually had it inside our pants. It was everywhere.”
Lopez could laugh about her close call on Thursday, because she says she hates to think about what could have happened.
“I think that I’m lucky to be alive honestly,” Lopez said. “After the initial shock wore off I kept thinking, man, if it had gone through my windshield it would have hit me right in the face.”
Lopez says she was driving about 55 mph while traveling westbound on the Boulder Turnpike at 5:30 on Wednesday. She says the object appeared to fly in from the south.
She believes the object was a baseball because there are baseball fields just a couple hundred feet away, and because the imprint it left behind is the size of a baseball.
“It kind of hit and went over (the car),” Lopez said. “It had to either come from someone throwing something or it had come from like the ultimate grand slam.”
It was the ultimate coincidence for Lopez. The only reason she was driving on the turnpike was because she was giving her boss a ride after getting into an accident herself just a few miles down the road.
“I mean, it’s hard to believe that those two events can happen in the same day within a few hours of each other, on the same highway,” Lopez said. “It was pretty crazy.”
Crazy and concerning, which is why Lopez is hoping someone else knows what really happened.
“Whether it’s a flying baseball or someone intentionally throwing objects, it’s very dangerous and people need to know about it,” Lopez said.
Though Lopez filed an incident report, neither the Colorado State Patrol nor the Westminster Police have heard of any other cases.
There was no baseball game at the Waddell Park baseball fields Wednesday afternoon, but neighbors say often see kids playing baseball in the area.