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Driver: 'Explosion of glass' near I-805 overpass

Posted at 4:53 PM, May 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-09 21:26:20-04

CHULA VISTA, Calif. (KGTV) - An afternoon drive on the I-805 was interrupted by an explosion of glass, and a very close call.

Just before 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jennifer Opdahl was northbound in the slow lane, and traffic was flowing. As she drove under the East Palomar Street overpass, she heard a close 'boom.' She didn't see anything flying at her, but she felt something.

"Kind of an explosion. Just heard glass splintering. It clearly came from my above my head. I think I ducked and screamed, but I was still driving," said Opdahl.

When she later got out, she could barely believe what she was seeing: the sunroof on her Volkswagen Golf was shattered. Under the glass is a panel which slides back and forth. Whatever struck likely bounced off. Opdahl is thankful the sunroof wasn't open. The roof is inches from where her head was.

"I dodged a bullet. I very easily could be dead right now," said Opdahl.

Ophdal believes that bullet was a something heavy tossed from the overpass. Her ordeal similar to nine other incidents in the Sports Arena area and Pacific Beach, dating back to November.

"Incredibly irresponsible and incredibly dangerous," said Opdahl.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call the California Highway Patrol at 619-220-5492.