Woman Survives Ride On Van Hood. A woman in California survives a high speed ride on the hood of a van. According to a witness, the woman desperately gripped a windshield wiper blade, her body splayed across the hood of the minivan as it raced down a Northern California freeway in the middle of the night, reaching 100 mph.
With the temperature hovering in the low 30s, Christopher Michael Carroll drove 35 miles from Manteca to nearby Pleasanton on Saturday with his wife clinging to the hood, prompting 911 calls from at least two alarmed witnesses, police said. Carroll, 36, was being held without bail Wednesday at the San Joaquin County Jail on charges of attempted murder, kidnapping and domestic assault, according to sheriff’s department records. According to police spokesman Rex Osborn, “Carroll got into the family’s minivan around 12:30 a.m. Saturday after he, and his wife had an argument at their Manteca home”.
“She kind of goes with the van to try to stop him, gets up on the hood and is hanging on to the wiper blade,” Osborn stated. “She obviously didn’t think he would keep driving. Carroll sped through Manteca, got on the freeway and didn’t pull over until he reached Pleasanton, Osborn added.
One witness followed Carroll most of the way and told police his speed reached 100 mph. Eventually, Carroll slowed down the vehicle and his wife “was able to roll off,” Osborn said. The driver following the vehicle took the woman to a nearby hospital, where she was treated for hypothermia.
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