BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. -- A simple Sunday drive home turns to terror for a Superior couple when a large metal object comes flying through their windshield in Denver.
The broken car part hit the passenger, Jenna Coffey, 28, in the face.
“We were just driving home on a Sunday,” says Coffey, after spending the day watching a Rockies game.
But out of nowhere, chaos rips through the windshield of their Nissan Xterra, hitting Coffey.
“I had no idea what happened. I was gushing blood. We really had no idea where it was coming from. I had no idea what we hit or what hit us,” says Coffey.
What hit Coffey was a leaf spring—which is part of a vehicle’s suspension system.
“Just saw a car swerve and it came out from under their car. So if they swerved to avoid it or if it came off of their car, causing them to swerve, I have no idea,” says Brent Wilson, Coffey’s fiancé, who was driving Sunday.
Wilson was able to quickly steer the SUV off the highway and call 911.
He then saw what looked like a jagged, metal two-by-four.
“I saw it was about 18-20 inches long, about 3-inches wide, about an inch, inch-and-half thick, solid metal,” he says.
And it weighed about 15 pounds.
“She should go buy lottery tickets,” says personal injury lawyer, Chad Hemmat.
He says he’s seen significantly more devastating injuries with much smaller debris.
“A pound-sized rock come off a vehicle, I’ve seen that situation result in near decapitation. She’s awfully lucky,” he says.
Miraculously, her injuries include just a few stitches on her chin and a bruised shoulder.
“I walked out with four stitches and a few bruises here and there,” she says incredulously.
“A millimeter either way, a different car, a different lane, everything worked out in our favor,” says Wilson.
“So thankful, so grateful. Someone definitely was watching over both of us that day,” says Coffey.
John Smith of Raymond P. Smith & Associates investigates accidents and does reconstructions. He believes the leaf spring first hit the hood of the SUV and slowed its speed. He says the windshield also absorbed some of the energy.
Since the couple didn't see where the car part came from it will be difficult for Denver Police to find who is responsible.
Coffey's uninsured motorist coverage should cover the cost of her injuries and car repairs.