As great a tool as highways are for traveling and commerce, it’s also important to remember just how dangerous those high speeds can really be, as we often become numb to how fast we’re actually traveling in our vehicles. Unfortunately, one couple from Clinton Township, Michigan was reminded how things can change in a split second on the highway, as their Chevy Cobalt was struck by a stray wheel.
Meredith and Dan Wronikowski were traveling eastbound on I-696 when an errant truck wheel and tire barreled out of nowhere and smashed into their Chevy Cobalt. Miraculously, the wheel split the vehicle almost perfectly down the center, ripping off the roof, and thankfully sparing both occupants from major injury.
“We saw it right by the median, bouncing right toward us in a split second,” Meredith Wronikowski remarked. “I had to make a decision. I didn’t know what to do, and I just slammed on the brakes. If I would have turned the car just a little bit this way or a little bit that way, maybe it could have hit us head-on, we wouldn’t be here now talking.”
As of the time of this writing, the Michigan State Police stated that the exact origin of the rogue truck wheel is currently unknown.
“On impact, I turned away and it went through the windshield, clipped my shoulder, knocked my head, took the roof right off,” Dan Wronikowski stated. “I just keep seeing the tire going through the windshield. I feel lucky, but not so lucky, like why us?”
While this incident is certainly very frightening, Dan made sure to capitalize on his luck, and purchased a scratch-off ticket that won him $50.