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Woman's car stolen while aiding crash victim

The driver of the wrecked SUV flees, leaving behind his two passengers

By Jennifer Sinco Kelleher

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 04:36 a.m. HST, Feb 06, 2014

One minute, Jennifer Jones was stopping to help the victims of a one-vehicle crash she witnessed while driving on the H-1 freeway. The next, she was a victim herself, after she says the driver of the wrecked SUV jumped into her car and sped off, leaving Jones on the side of the road with one of his injured passengers.

Jones works part time selling cosmetics and was on her way home from a Super Bowl-themed makeup event Sunday when the sport utility vehicle ahead of her started swerving erratically on H-1. The SUV then crashed head-on into a concrete median.

Jones pulled up in front of the SUV, left the keys in the ignition and rushed to a bloodied woman hanging out of the passenger side.

Soon, a man appeared and took off in her Mazda Miata.

"He burned rubber and screeched right out of there," Jones, 39, told The Associated Press on Wednesday. "I just assumed he was another guy who stopped on the side of the road and saw an opportunity and took it."

In the Miata were Jones' phone, purse and high heels.

"I was barefoot in a black cocktail dress on the side of the road," she recalled, adding she also had Seattle Seahawks makeup on her face.

Things got even more confounding when police arrived and handcuffed another man who had been in the SUV. Jones said an officer told her the man who took her car had been driving the SUV and that all three were suspected of stealing the SUV.

Police spokeswoman Teresa Bell confirmed a 22-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of stealing the SUV. She said police are looking for another man and that the investigation into the theft of Jones' car is ongoing.

Police drove Jones home, where she later remembered she recently had installed an app to track to her phone. She got on her computer and saw that it was at a location less than a mile from the crash site. So she called police. Authorities found the car, but Jones said items were missing including her purse, the phone and a large parka she wears for her other job as an ice-skating coach. Police later located her purse and phone.

"I've been through so much stress, all I can do is laugh at this point," she said. "This is like a plot ‘Hawaii Five-0' would reject."

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jotobuddy123 wrote:
DTA-Don't Trust Anyone. Hard to be a good samaritan today.
on February 6,2014 | 05:40AM
krusha wrote:
Never leave your keys in your car. A lot of women get their cars stolen at gas stations and other places when they think they are safe. Once your car is gone, then you usually have your cell phone and purse in the car too, so you can't even call for help right away.
on February 6,2014 | 06:06AM
nitrobreath wrote:
Whenever leaving your car, for any small or seemingly insignificant amount of time, roll up your windows and lock your car. We are all human. We are not robots.
on February 6,2014 | 06:28AM
Sandybeach wrote:
These guys belong in jail.
on February 6,2014 | 06:39AM
soundofreason wrote:
"the driver of the wrecked SUV jumped into her car and sped off, leaving Jones on the side of the road with one of his injured passengers.">>>> Who says chivalry is dead?
on February 6,2014 | 06:48AM
bluebowl wrote:
What happened to the bloody woman hanging out of the car. Or was that the man?
on February 6,2014 | 07:33AM
deeteedub wrote:
She wore a black cocktail dress to a Superbowl party?
on February 6,2014 | 09:13AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
This made national news.
on February 6,2014 | 10:19AM
Llowyn wrote:
What a crazy day for Ms. Jones! Luckily, she was wearing the winning team, Seahawks' makeup on her face, hah, in trying to look at any kind of silver lining to all of this. As to her wearing a black cocktail dress . . . she was working a cosmetics SB themed party so of course she dressed up. I'm also curious about the bloodied passenger. Ms. Jones is to be commended for doing her civic duty of trying to help. It's ridiculous that too many members of society are creepy criminals and her good efforts had her becoming a victim as well. Lessons learned for the readers are to take the few extra minutes to secure valuables, especially the car, but what a sad, sorry, state of affairs that that has to be the norm. Grabbing a cell phone would have really made the best sense because of the need to immediatly call 911. Still, not so fair of us to say what should have been done since in the "heat of the moment" she mainly wanted to attend to the bloodied woman . . . h.m.m.m again, how is that woman? If indeed one of the thieves, then she deserved to be bloodied up. I hope it doesn't come out that she was actually a victim, too, in being carjacked or something. That's another article possibly. Wishing Ms. Jones the best in her life and fortunately she was unharmed.
on February 6,2014 | 11:51AM
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