- She never thought it could happen to her, so now you know, it could happen to you, too.
Stranger things have happened, but there’s no doubt that the woman who had a turtle smash through her windshield while she drove down the highway was more than surprised. And her passenger almost took the brunt of it, literally, as they were almost struck right in the face by the ‘flying’ turtle.
Latonya Lark drove down Harry S Truman Parkway in Savannah on May 19th while she was running errands with her brother, Kevin Grant. All it took was a split second, and the two siblings were literally on a crash course with their faces and a turtle.
“I saw out of the corner of my eye what I thought was a brick,” Lark told CNN. “I told my brother, ‘Oh my God there’s a brick flying across the highway.’ No sooner than I said that, it impacted my vehicle. It scared me so bad, it sounded like a bomb went off and glass went all over my brother.”
If she hadn’t slowed down when she did, the turtle may have gone entirely through the windshield and hit her brother in the face, “probably decapitating him,” the small business owner said.
“I just remember shielding myself while my sister screamed my name,” Grant told CNN. “After the turtle hit the glass, she was literally in shock and kept driving. I was the one covered in blood and telling her to calm down and call 911.”
Fortunately, brother Grant had only small cuts from the broken glass as a result of the turtle crashing into the car and all. The turtle didn’t make out as great though, and he did die after going through the windshield.
The Chatham County Police Department commented saying that they are unsure of how the turtle was airborne in the first place. The brother and sister think that another vehicle initially hit the turtle and that was the cause of the turtle flying through the air and then through the windshield.
“We’re so grateful because this could have been fatal,” she said. “But the really sad part is that the turtle died. That was really upsetting.”