Hit-and-run automobile accidents are reported every day in the U.S., involving circumstances where one motorist (usually at fault for a collision) decides to flee the scene, rather than to stick around and face the consequences of their actions.

The same sort of thing appears to have happened recently in a Washington D.C. area suburb, but not just between two motorists. In fact, an entire block’s worth of parked vehicles have been mysteriously destroyed by something described as “very powerful,” the likes of which reporters on the scene said was, “unlike anything they have ever seen outside of a serious wreck on the highway.” The initial story, reported by area news station WUSA9, can be found here.

Why should this story constitute anything remotely Fortean, one may ask? Indeed, the likely scenario we’re faced with involved some motorist–believed to have been an intoxicated one–going full-throttle down the street, losing control or purposefully slamming repeatedly into a number of vehicles, and then disappearing. But as photos already indicate (available by clicking here), this individual managed to do a tremendous amount of damage… and at present, no suspect has been named. What kind of circumstances could have resulted in localized destruction on such a massive scale?


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One witness described the damage as being on par with the kind one would expect from “a metor shower”; a WUSA9 reporter later likened the damage to that of “a monster truck” pummeling the vehicles. Looking at video of the scene, one can’t help but at least suspect that only a large industrial machine–perhaps a tractor or other large vehicle–could be to blame.

Aside from exactly what may have caused the damage in question, the notion that someone could cause this much destruction to the property of others–and that it would go unnoticed for what may have been hours–also seems counter-intuitive. And yet reports made around midday to police in the area seemed to reveal that law enforcement knew little, if anything, of the collisions, which were believed to have occurred as early as Friday morning. A subsequent police statement disclosed the following details regarding the situation:

Early Friday morning a suspect traveling in a vehicle on the 1000 block of Euclid Street NW, collided with several parked vehicles and fled the scene on foot without making his identity known. Police are in the process of determining the identity of the suspect and would be issuing a warrant for his arrest soon.

Little else is said of the individual believed to have perpetrated the crime, including what kind of vehicle he or she was believed to have been driving. One could infer, however, that the suspect’s automobile was destroyed during the collisions, and possibly left at the scene, since police did note that the suspect “fled the scene on foot.” Reports have also suggested that the driver was believed to have been intoxicated, possibly driving up and over at least one parked vehicle, coasting through the air, and landing on another car before continuing on what could only be described as a rampage.

Gralien Report Field Correspondent Christopher McCollum shared the sentiment that few passenger cars “can cause the kind of damage that was done to each car in sequence here, and keep on going to continue hitting other vehicles.” Indeed, the majority of conventional cars and trucks on the roadways today should have incurred serious structural damage in the process, especially while potentially destroying several other vehicles within a short period; and this isn’t even taking into consideration the condition of the driver afterward, who allegedly escaped on foot (it should also be noted that a passenger is believed to have been thrown from the perpetrator’s vehicle as well, who survived without serious injury, and was seen walking afterward).

Indeed, there is little about this report that is anomalous or inexplicable… but given the strange circumstances surrounding this apparent instance of widespread vandalism/collision, it’s one hell of a strange story… we’ll be eager to see how this one develops as more details come forth.

Special thanks to TGR Field Correspondent Christopher McCollum for contributing to this report.

Image by djLicious via Flickr.

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Author: Micah Hanks

Micah Hanks is a writer, researcher, and podcaster. His interests include areas of history, science, archaeology, philosophy, and the study of anomalous phenomena in nature. He can be reached at info@micahhanks.com.

4 Replies to “Mass Destruction of the Mysterious Kind: What Destroyed Several Cars in Washington DC?

  1. Wooooow! o_O

    The photo of the allegedly culpable SUV does not show the damage it took. If this had happened in Mexico, then I would immediately suspect the vehicle was a customized armor-reinforced job –bullet-proof windows, thicker steel on the doors and frame– which is something some rich people love to have in order to “feel more secure” in case someone tries to abduct them.

  2. But it says in the news article that it was a car that did the damage. I’ve been witness to this type of event myself when a speeding drunk driver slammed into the side of a number of cars parked on my street. No mystery here.

  3. I must note the initially news story we’ve linked above has been updated since the time of the authorship of our post… additionally, while it has been obvious from the outset what the circumstances here entailed (that it was a drunk driver), the final paragraph in the piece above expresses the feelings of TGR editorial staff regarding this matter. Sure, it was an intoxicated driver… but this story is altogether incredible (considering how much damage one intoxicated driver managed to achieve!) and hence falls into the category of “weird news.” Frankly, it’s some of the weirdest news we’ve come across in a while… 🙂

  4. Anyone notice the “Road Work Ahead” sign posted on the street? Could it be a heavy equipment operator?

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