Georgia woman, brother OK after turtle strikes car window

Turtle smashes into car’s windshield and nearly decapitates passenger in ‘freak accident’ on Georgia freeway

  • Latonya Lark told WSAV-TV she was driving in Savannah this month when she saw an object that looked like a brick quickly approaching her car 
  • Her brother, Kevin Grant, was in the passenger seat and shielded his face as the animal collided with the windshield and sent shards of glass flying toward him 
  • He was left with only small cuts, he told the station
  • The turtle was taken to a local animal hospital but died 

A Georgia woman and her brother were shocked after a turtle launched through the air and became lodged into the windshield of their car.

Latonya Lark told WSAV-TV she was driving down Harry S. Truman Parkway near Montgomery Cross Roa in Savannah this month when she saw an object that looked like a brick quickly approaching her car.

Lark began to slow down as the reptile smashed into the glass and was left hanging halfway in and halfway out of the window, according to her account.

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Latonya Lark told WSAV-TV she was driving in Savannah this month when she saw an object that looked like a brick quickly approaching her car. It turned out to be the turtle

Lark’s brother, Kevin Grant, was in the passenger seat and shielded his face as the animal collided with the windshield and sent shards of glass flying toward him.

He was left with only small cuts, he told the station.

‘When the glass broke, the first thing that came to my mind was just to shield myself, so it was just like, you know, turn and just cover,’ Grant added. 

Responding Chatham County Police officers called for the car to be towed from the scene, and officers pulled the animal from the windshield. 

Lark’s brother, Kevin Grant, was in the passenger seat and shielded his face as the animal collided with the windshield and sent shards of glass flying toward him

Responding Chatham County Police officers called for the car to be towed from the scene, and officers pulled the animal from the windshield. It died at a local animal hospital

The turtle was taken to a Savannah animal hospital for treatment where it later died from its injuries, the news outlet reported.

Lark said she thinks a car in front of her might have hit the turtle first, sending it flying into their vehicle.

‘Even the police officer said if that glass wasn’t as thick as it was and I didn’t slow down the way I did when I saw the object coming, it would’ve been disastrous,’ Lark said.

Lark launched a fundraiser to help offset some of the costs she incurred, having to also take off some days for work as her ‘anxiety was high’ and so was her ‘blood sugar.’

It has raised just over $20 of its $650 goal. 

Lark launched a fundraiser to help offset some of the costs she incurred, having to also take off some days for work as her ‘anxiety was high’ and so was her ‘blood sugar’

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