Wouldn’t you flip out? Owner of car overturned in Red Sox celebration vows not to park near Fenway next time
When Chad Duncan went to bed in his Kenmore Square apartment after the Red Sox’s World Series victory last night, all seemed right with the world.
But this morning, when the 28-year-old found only some scattered shards of glass where his black Toyota Corolla used to be, the championship thrill vanished in a flash.
Turns out, Duncan’s car had been rolled over by a group of rowdy fans, a destructive spree captured on video by bystanders and in photographs by the news media.
“I don’t know why they chose my car,” he said by phone Thursday morning. “I guess it’s pretty light.”
Duncan said he initially thought his car had been towed because of the parking restrictions around Fenway Park, but then became more worried when he saw the windows of other cars had been broken.
After about an hour on the phone, he finally tracked his car down to a tow lot in Jamaica Plain.
“As soon as I told him my license plate number, he asked ‘Did anyone tell you what happened?” Duncan said. “He started chuckling just a bit.”
The car, leased new last year, was totaled, he said.
“The whole top and side is crunched,” he said.
Duncan, a financial analyst for a medical device company, estimates he is out about $2,500, $1,000 for his insurance deductible and $1,500 in new lease fees.
A man who identified himself as Bobbv O’Neill of Brookline has created a crowdfunding page for Duncan with a goal of raising $2,500. “No one who truly loves the city of Boston should ever engage in willful wanton destructionm’’ he wrote on the gofundme.com site. “Let’s band together and help Chad pay for what these idiots did. He shouldn’t have to.’’
After learning what had happened to his car, Duncan went home to see the video online, which provided no clues as to why his car was singled out.
“It’s very confusing,” he said. “The only car flipped in the whole city.”
An Oregon native, Duncan moved to Boston three years ago and has become something of a Red Sox fan. Last night, as the game progressed, he and his roommate went to Lansdowne Street in hopes of watching from a sports bar. But they were all packed, and police soon cleared the area.
He got home safe and called it a night.
His car, parked on Boylston Street, was less fortunate.
“I definitely won’t be parking there during a playoff game again,” he said.Peter Schworm can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @globepete.