EXCLUSIVE: Owners of Stolen Car involved in hit-and-run speak out
Since hearing news of recent car thefts, Brian Forecki and his fiance Jennifer Harbul make sure to stay with their car when they're warming it up. Last Thursday morning wasn't any different, but in the few minutes when Harbul ran inside to grab her son and his car seat, her Tahoe was stolen.
\"We had just paid it off within the last month,\" said Harbul.
On Sunday, the car was involved in a three vehicle crash where two people were killed. Police identified the victims as Bernie Hanson,74, and his wife Tina Hanson, 64.
\"I feel terrible for them,\" said Forecki.
Police said Forecki and Harbul left their car running to warm up.
\"I had to run some errands, so I went and I sat in the vehicle and I cleaned it out, because it had some garbage in there,\" said Harbul.
Forecki was inside after working overnight. He was helping get their 9-month-old baby ready to go run errands with Harbul. He said Harbul came in to grab the baby, his car seat and her purse.
\"She was inside no more than five minutes,\" said Forecki. \"She was getting something ready in her purse next thing I know she says, 'Hey, someone is getting in the truck.'\"
A maroon van pulled up, someone jumped out of it and into their vehicle.
\"We tried to get a license plate but everything happened so fast,\" said Harbul
They called police, but that doesn't change what happened a few days later.
\"If you wouldn't have done this, If you wouldn't have done that, it could have happened to anyone. I was sitting in the car.
Two other people were in the third vehicle involved in the crash, a 66-year-old woman and her 14-year-old grandson. The woman was taken into the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Her grandson is okay. Police took five people into custody; 3 teenage girls, an 18-year-old man and a 20-year-old man. Police plan on charging the 18-year-old driver.