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Owner of flipped car vows not to park near Fenway during next playoffs

Chad Duncan returned to the spot where he had parked his car. The Toyota Corolla was flipped as fans celebrated the Red Sox’ World Series win.Pat Greenhouse/Globe staff/Globe Staff

When Chad Duncan went to bed in his Kenmore Square apartment after the Red Sox’ World Series victory Wednesday night, all seemed right with the world.

But Thursday 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 on Boylston Street, a destructive spree captured on video by bystanders and in photographs by news media.

“I don’t know why they chose my car,” he said by phone. “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 he became more worried when he saw that 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 after speaking with the State Police.

“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 that 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 crowd-funding 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 destruction,’’ 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.”

Duncan said he learned from police and videos online that revelers overturned his car. Jessica Rinaldi For The Boston Globe

State Police spokesman David Procopio said the car was overturned by a group of people who came streaming out of a bar after the victory.


After learning what had happened to his car, Duncan said he went home to see the video online, a disturbing sight that 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 hope of watching from a sports bar. But the bars were all packed, and police soon cleared the area.

He got home safely and called it a night. His car, parked on Bolyston Street, was less fortunate. “I definitely won’t be parking there during a playoff game again,” he said.

No arrests have been made in the case, but 12 people were arrested in Boston on a variety of charges following the Sox victory. Charges pending include assault and battery on a public worker and disorderly conduct. A 13th person faces charges in an alleged hit-and-run crash in Brighton, prosecutors said.

Another 16 people were arrested at the University of Massachusetts Amherst after a crowd of about 3,000 gathered at the college’s southwest residential area for the game, authorities said.

Two students were arrested at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, State Police said. The University of New Hampshire also said five of its students were arrested after postgame celebrations turned rowdy in Durham.


John Ellement of the Globe staff contributed to this report. Peter Schworm can be reached at schworm@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @globepete.