Reported to Denver police in the early hours of the morning, a Nissan Rogue completely blocked the path of bikers, hikers, and dog walkers.
Denver early risers making their way on the South Platte River Bike Trail came face to face with an obstacle they couldn’t get around. According to Denver 7 news earlier this morning (Nov 19,2020) a Nissan Rogue owner drove down the South Platte River Trail, attempted to drive across the footbridge that crosses the river, and got stuck negotiating a 90-degree turn.
Here are photos shared by Denver resident Dan Catanzaro. Catanzaro asks, “Did anyone lose their car? This was on the South Platte River Bike Path. It’s wedged in there pretty good.”
As you can see, with two lanes only meant for foot and bike traffic there is technically enough space for a small car (or crossover) to fit.
As of this writing, police are well aware of the situation, have not received reports that this is a stolen crossover, already called the local towing company, and have extricated the Nissan Rogue. Denver police could not locate a suspect but, with plates still attached, it’s only a matter of time before the guilty party comes forward.
Here’s an overhead shot of the area. The bridge designers clearly did not construct this bridge with auto traffic in mind. With tight corner turns, you’d have to be in a car much smaller than a Rogue to make it through.
While there’s no official story at this time, to say there were drinks involved in this hare-brained idea would not be out of the realm of possibility. Driving under the influence, the train of thought that goes, “We can totally drive across the river on the bike trail” is not out of the realm of possibility.
And, if you were wondering how the tow team got the Rogue out, I asked a bunch of tow operators on Facebook’s “Tow Talk” group and a many responded they’d put “go-jacks” under each wheel to reposition it for a better tow out. Here’s what those skates look like.
Do you think the Nissan Rogue owner will turn him (or herself) in? Let me know in the comments below.