Driver: Bottle bomb 'launched' across Highway 67

Posted at 7:12 PM, Sep 14, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-14 22:12:55-04

An ordinary drive home from work turned heart-stopping for a Santee man.

He says something went flying across the highway, smashing cars.

“It’s scary,” said Adam Diaz.

On Thursday night, he had just exited off the I-8 and onto Highway 67 when he noticed a speeding black Honda Accord moving ahead of him.

“Then I saw a hand with what appeared to be a two-liter bottle of soda, coming out the back window,” said Diaz.

Diaz says the bottle was thrown, hit a truck, then launched.      

“It went three lanes and rather fast, and I saw the impact. Then it took off like a rocket,” said Diaz.

He says the bottle hit the back window of a white sedan causing the driver to slam on the brakes.

At the same time, there was an odor flying into the vents of his Ford Explorer.

“I could smell the vinegar coming in, and I had to roll down the windows because it was very strong,” said Diaz.

When he got home, he got a closer look at what was all over his SUV.

It was a clear milky substance that reminded him of a litany of YouTube videos that illustrate the combining of vinegar and baking soda to make dangerous bottle bombs.

The possibility of a bottle bomb led Diaz to post his story on the East County Emergency Updates Facebook page to warn drivers and the culprit.                                   

“They just need to stop and realize what they're doing is harmful. I mean they could kill someone,” said Diaz.

Diaz says he didn't call police because he didn't get a good look at the driver.

He says the car was a Honda Accord with a bumper sticker that read 'I Heart Dogs.'