Neighbor helps prevent scary situation in Hilliard

HILLIARD OH (WCMH)–Rachel Nudge was watching from an upstairs bedroom window of her Hilliard home Wednesday night when a strange car pulled up at the end of her driveway.

That’s where her eight-year-old daughter, Becca, was riding a scooter. Nudge says the next few seconds felt like an eternity.

The silver colored, older model, four-door sedan had dark tinted windows. The trunk was open a few inches.

A neighbor noticed the car as well and yelled ‘Hey.’ Nudge says it wasn’t ‘Hey’ in a nice way. It was more like, ‘Hey’ in a rough way.

“Once she said that to this car, they just sped off real fast,” Nudge said.

Becca dropped her scooter and ran inside and Rachel believes a bad situation was narrowly avoided.

“It was just the fact that if you’re going to pull your vehicle over, you would pull it over next to the curb, you wouldn’t block someone’s driveway,” Nudge says. “Which is exactly where my eight-year-old was standing with her scooter.”

Rachel believes the two people in the car had bad intentions and wants to share her story with others. She says Hilliard police took a report and planned additional patrols for the neighborhood on Davidson Run Drive.

In a strange coincidence, Rachel says her husband, who had just pulled out of the driveway a few minutes earlier, had played out a stranger-danger scenario with Becca.

“They actually acted it out,” Nudge says. “He pulled up here in his truck and he said, ‘Hey little girl, want some candy’ and she kind of laughed about it but he said, ‘No, I’m being serious. What do you do if a car pulls up in front of you’ and she said ‘I run away’ and that’s exactly what she did last night.”

Nudge says she’s now having to rethink what she needs to do to keep her children safe.

“I didn’t think letting her play in the driveway was any risk and it’s a completely different world that we live in unfortunately and it makes me sad.”

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office has a page dedicated to child safety tips.

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