Hoosier grandmother uninjured after wheel flies through car window on I-465

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Some will call it a miracle, an act of God or a "freak survival story." The woman who was in a car when a wheel came flying through her windshield on I-465 Tuesday simply says she's lucky.

Cathi Gould of Thorntown is a mother of two and a grandmother of four. She was hardly rattled by the kind of jolt that would terrify anyone else.

"The tire came, smacked the car, I was fine," Gould said.

It would have been a routine drive home for Cathi Gould Tuesday. She was heading from Franklin to Thorntown around 4:30 p.m.

"I look up and here's a wheel coming over the concrete barrier, in the air. I'm thinking, this is not going to be good," Gould said.

The wheel took a nice bite off the top of Gould's 2013 KIA.

"Just collapsed the window in like this. It was all split seconds," Gould said.


The car was smashed right down the center; glass went everywhere. Gould walked away with a couple of scrapes on her arm.

She believes someone may have been watching out for her when that tire came flying.

"Probably my aunt. Yeah, Aunt Pat," Gould said. "[She died] three years ago, in a car train wreck."

Perhaps now, Gould has a watchful guardian when strange things - like tires - fall from the sky. It is just one of the many reasons she is lucky.

"When it's your time, it's your time. If it's not your time, it's not. So yesterday was not my time," Gould said.

First responders told Gould that she was fine but should probably buy some lottery tickets.

The car that lost the wheel Tuesday was a maroon 1995 Chevrolet. The driver ran off after the crash and Indiana State Police are still looking for that person. If you have any information call (317) 899-8577.