There have been several recent instances in the area where cars were struck from behind and the incidents appeared to be intentional. In one case, when the driver of the car that was rear-ended got out of her car to communicate with the driver of the other vehicle, someone entered her vacated car and drove off.
Local Police are investigating.
In the meantime, if you are the driver of a car in Beachwood that is struck from behind, Chief Winebrenner recommends these steps:
1) Put your car in park, lock your doors, put on emergency flashers and put your windows up. Do not exit your vehicle (note: most cars will automatically unlock when your car is placed in park - therefore you must lock your doors after putting it into park.)
2) If someone from the other vehicle approaches, put your window down slightly in order to communicate with them. If you have not already called Beachwood Police, ask them to do so.
3) Make sure Beachwood Police are called, give them your location and remain in your car until they arrive.
4) If at any time you do not feel comfortable remaining at the scene of the incident, you can drive to the nearest Police Department and report the accident there. Without leaving your vehicle, attempt to get license plate number of the other car.
Always be aware of your surroundings and report anything suspicious.