Motorist Slams Into Parked Car in Strange 'Hit and Run' Video

A strange "hit and run" video that showed a motorist slamming into the side of a parked car has gone viral.

The video was posted in Reddit's "Idiots In Cars" forum on Monday by Chris Barnes, the owner of the parked car. The post has amassed more than 60,000 upvotes and over 4,000 comments while shedding light on a rather eye-opening statistic.

"Someone please explain to me what happened here," Barnes wrote in his post.

The video, which was taken from Barnes' neighbor's security camera, opens with the driver putting their car in reverse. As they back up, however, they lose control of the vehicle and go flying backward, ultimately hitting Barnes' parked car.

Rather than stop to assess the damage or contact Barnes, the motorist pulls forward and slowly drives back up the street. After a few moments, the driver—who is still operating their motor vehicle—takes their seatbelt off and drives out of frame.

"The full video shows what looks like a driving lesson," Barnes explained in the post's comments section. "The two people switched seats at the beginning. Still don't understand why you'd reverse that hard."

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A strange “hit and run” video that shows a motorist slamming into the side of a parked car has gone viral. The owner of the car found the footage of the accident on a neighbor's security camera. RobertCrum/istock

Barnes said he has since identified the vehicle and reported the incident to the police.

"After my neighbor showed me this video I decided to walk around the neighborhood to see if I could find the car. I walked one block and there it was...I reported them to the police and to my insurance company," Barnes said.

Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has revealed that roughly 52 percent of all car accidents occur within a five-mile radius of home and nearly 70 percent occur within a 10-mile radius, according to multiple reports. One major reason why so many accidents occur closer to home is that drivers let their guards down, according to driver advocates.

"We find that drivers become less vigilant when driving in an area familiar to them," advocate Johan Jonck of Arrive Alive told HuffPost. "There are also other important factors such as pedestrian activity and the dangers near home such as intersections, traffic lights, etc.

"Drivers are also distracted driving—not merely texting and cellular phone distractions but also general drop in alertness," Jonck continued.

In Barnes' case, many Redditors theorized that the driver was likely learning how to operate a manual car and "panicked."

"Clearly someone trying to learn manual and panicked in reverse. Sorry for your damages," wrote u/etiennetop.

"I'd go with a new driver learning a manual transmission," commented u/LooksLikeMatt46. "It sounds like revving in neutral and grinding to find a gear, then they accelerated back into the silver SUV. Not the ideal place for someone to learn how to drive a stick."

Meanwhile, u/Malfeasant blamed the accident on "pedal confusion."

"You think you're on the brake, but the car doesn't slow down so you press harder...Happens a lot with either the very inexperienced, or the very old," they said.

Newsweek reached out to Barnes for comment.

AAA released a report in February, which found that "higher-risk motorists accounted for a greater share of drivers during the pandemic than before it. "The research was shared a few months after the NHSTA announced that roughly 20,160 traffic deaths were recorded in the first half of 2021—the highest recorded amount since 2006.

Speaking about the trend in December, Steven Cliff, the NHSTA's deputy administrator said that America must "change a culture that accepts the loss of tens of thousands of people in roadway crashes as inevitable."