DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. — The passengers and drivers Ryan Stone allegedly ran into Wednesday all have quite a story to tell–including Zune Wharton of Centennial.
She was a carjack victim driving a silver Toyota Camry near Peoria and Bedford.
She was just across the street from her job at Western Union when she got into what she thought was a fender bender.
But she quickly learned it was much more than that.
It’s a story we hear from another victim, too, just a short distance away at Peoria and Lincoln, where Stone’s wild ride ended in a crash.
After nearly two hours of running, Stone sideswipes Zune’s car and his tire flies off, incapacitating a stolen minivan he carjacked from a father and daughter along I-76 east of Brighton.
He then proceeded to carjack Wharton after he collided with her.
She says she thought it was just a fender bender. And she says she was confused when Stone opened her door and told her to get out.
She thought maybe the car was on fire and he was helping her.
But then he threw her down to the ground.
She tried to give chase.
She’s relieved now he didn’t hurt her or worse.
“I thought I was having a normal commute this morning,” says another victim, Stacy Rader.
She had been listening to the chase on the radio.
“I thought they said 470 and I-25. I’m driving and saying, ‘Wow. I’m so glad I was not on I-25 right now,” she says.
But minutes later, the chase found her at Peoria and Belford in Douglas County.
“I was driving and I saw out of the corner of my eye somebody run a red light. They were coming right at me at fast speed. I freaked out. I was spinning. I hit two other cars,” says Rader.
Then, she saw a swarm of police.
“I thought someone had run a red light and tried to hit-and-run. I thought I got lucky. I saw police chasing him. I had no idea it was the carjacking suspect,” she says.
She also feels lucky she walked away from her violent collision with a couple of scrapes on her finger. Her Toyota didn’t fare as well.
“I’m really shaky! But I’m thankful right now.”
The first carjacking victims, a father and daughter, also were not hurt.