There are a lot of things for which most of us would put our lives on the line. Our country. Our loved ones. Giant canvas bags filled with unmarked bills. But a '95 Nissan? Most of us would just bid that sucker farewell -- but not Ryan Calles, 31. According to multiple reports, Calles was in a Subway near Alameda and Broadway yesterday morning when a woman with a five-year-old child hopped into his car and tried to drive off. He ran outside and pounded on her windows -- and when she wouldn't stop, he hopped on the hood, where he clung for about a mile before being flung off, sustaining serious injuries being treated at Denver Health. The thus-far-unidentified woman was subsequently busted in Wyoming and Calles' car was seized. (Update, 4:11 p.m.: The Denver District Attorney's Office has identified the thief as Kim Lucero.)
And what kind of a vehicle was it? The original police report identified it as a 1995 Nissan Altima, while the Denver Post's account describes it as a 1995 Nissan Maxima. As if the model upgrade would make possible death more understandable. Christ, Ryan, it's a Nissan, not a Lamborghini!
Read the two Denver Police Department releases on the incident by clicking "Continue."
UPDATE August 12, 2009
On August 12, 2009, at approximately 1:10 p.m., a Wyoming Highway Patrol Officer recovered the stolen vehicle in the area of Douglas Wyoming. The vehicle was occupied by one female and a small child. This individual has been taken into custody by the Wyoming Highway Patrol. The suspect may be facing additional charges in the state of Wyoming. The Denver Police Department continues the investigation into this incident.
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On August 12, 2009 at approximately 9:50 a.m., a male victim pulled his vehicle into a Subway parking lot at Alameda Avenue and Broadway Street. The male victim went inside the restaurant and a female suspect with a small child entered the victim's vehicle and began to drive off. The victim jumped on the hood of his vehicle, in an attempt to prevent this. The suspect drove off at a high rate of speed with the victim still on the hood. The suspect drove the stolen vehicle southbound on Broadway Street, maintaining a high rate of speed as she approached Iowa Street. The suspect turned westbound on Iowa Street and the victim fell off the vehicle striking his head on the concrete sidewalk, causing injury. The suspect continued westbound on Iowa Street. in the stolen vehicle. The victim was rushed to Denver Health Medical Center where he is listed in critical condition.
The vehicle is described as a beige 1995 Nissan Altima with a Colorado license plate of 821UKC.
The suspect is described as a Hispanic or Native American female in her 20's. She is approximately 5' 7" with a very thin build at 120 pounds with long brown hair that was in a ponytail, wearing a black shirt and blue jeans. The small child with her appeared to be approximately 5 years old wearing a pink shirt and blue jeans.