DENVER — For the first time, one of the drivers who became an unwitting victim in a wild, across-the-metro high speed chase spoke out Thursday.
Zune Wharton is the second person Ryan Stone allegedly carjacked at Peoria and Belford—just across the street from her work.
She came face-to-face with a fugitive who seemingly would stop at nothing to get away.
It was a typical commute for Wharton who passed an accident Stone allegedly caused on her way to work.
“I saw the gold van pulled to the side, it had hit this other white car,” says Zune.
Little did she know danger would then drive up from the rear of her silver Toyota Camry—putting her on a collision course with a desperate driver.
“Looking at my rear view mirror I saw this, the gold van. I didn’t realize it was the same van,” she says. “I took eyes off the car (the van). That’s when it hit me. I was thinking, ‘Oh God, he lost control of his car.”
She didn’t think it was anything more than a fender bender.
“Next thing I knew he’s standing next to my door. And he opened the door and said, ‘You have to get out now.’ Of course, I got confused about what’s going on.” she says.
That man, Ryan Stone, throws her to the ground and drives off in her car.
But the feisty mother of one unsuccessfully gives chase.
“I try to think about what was I doing? Was I trying to grab the car? Was I trying to pull him back out?… It was just instinctual. I don’t know. It’s dumb,” says Zune.
She and her husband, Mike, are thankful her part in this dangerous drama ended with nothing more than shaky nerves and a totaled Toyota.
But they’re angry Stone wasn’t in jail. He had warrants out for his arrest.
“I have no sympathy for people like that. I think if you’re a repeat offender you should be in jail, not roaming around,” says Mike.
“Put him away forever. I think he’s done enough. He’s lucky no one died,” says Zune.
She says this ordeal taught her a lesson. She initially had her doors locked, but she unlocked them after the crash to talk to the other driver.
She says in the future, she’ll now keep the doors locked and assess the safety of the environment first.