Driver Allegedly Leaps From Moving Car To Escape Spider, Causes Crash

Spiders can be scary, but car accidents are scarier.

An Indiana woman leapt from a moving car on Friday after noticing a spider on her shoulder, authorities say.

Angela Kipp, 35, was backing her Dodge Avenger out of her driveway in Syracuse when she spotted the arachnid, Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department told news station 11 Alive. Kipp’s 9-year-old son moved from the back seat and tried to hit the brakes, but mistakenly pushed down the accelerator, sending the vehicle straight into a passing school bus. 

The boy, who authorities found lying on the ground outside the vehicle, was taken to a hospital for minor head injuries, according to The Elkhart Truth. The bus driver wasn’t injured, and there were no passengers on the bus.

Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department was unable to tell The Huffington Post whether Kipp might face charges in the crash.

As wild as the story might sound, Kipp is not the first driver to leap from a vehicle in terror over one of our eight-legged friends.

Lia DiGiovanna, 24, told HuffPost she experienced a similar incident in Massapequa, New York, during the summer of 2009.

"I saw something scurry across the steering wheel, and realized it was a huge spider," she wrote in an email. "I don't like critters." 

She said she made a sharp right turn and her friend managed to slam the car into park before DiGiovanna "leaped out the door." Luckily, no one was injured.

"I felt a little silly because in reality the spider wouldn't have hurt me, but it was definitely a scary few moments," she added.

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