Empty car starts up, crashes into house
Mar 18, 2005 (SOUTH HAVEN, Ind.) — Police officers were skeptical when a woman whose car had struck a neighbor's home told them the car took off on its own after she must have accidentally hit some buttons on her key chain.
Christine Djordjevic said the officers became believers when they saw her remote starter activate, sending her car driving down the road. They chased it down and stopped it from hitting anything, she said.
Police reports confirmed the vehicle "was checked and it was learned that the vehicle will start and drive when the remote start is activated."
The crash on Monday caused several thousand dollars in damage to Djordjevic's car and neighbor Gregory Hajduk's house in the community about 10 miles southeast of Gary. Djordjevic said she must have left her stick-shift car in reverse.
Djordjevic said the remote starter previously caused her car to jump over a curb at a store while she was outside the car and her 11-year-old son was inside yelling, "Mom, where are we going?"
To prevent any further problems, Djordjevic said she was taking the remote starter device off her key chain.
"I don't even know how the stupid thing works," she said.