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Naked Woman Crashes Truck into Calif. Driving School: Rape Victim, or Thief?

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Naked Woman Crashes Truck into Calif. Driving School: Rape Victim, or Thief?
(CBS/AP)

NORCO, Calif. (CBS) It may take a while for investigators in Southern California to make sense of this one.

Police in Norco, about 50 miles east of Los Angeles, are trying to figure out what caused a naked woman to crash a truck into a driving school, with a man in the bed of the truck holding on for dear life.

Witnesses say the woman sped through an intersection, then crashed through a fence and into a shopping mall, before plowing head-on into a driving school storefront. Witness accounts say a naked woman with visible injuries staggered out of the truck and collapsed, according to local station KTLA.

Investigators say the man in the back of the truck told them that he had stopped to help the woman, and that she jumped into his truck and took off. He said he then jumped into the bed of the truck, and was trying to get her to pull over when they crashed, the station reported.

But shortly after the story aired the woman's mother called KTLA to tell them her daughter's side of the story. She says her daughter was hitchhiking, and was picked up and raped and beaten - and that she was trying to escape her attacker.

The woman was hospitalized with critical injuries and has been unable to talk with investigators. The man was taken to the hospital and treated or his injuries and released, according to the station.

No arrests have been made.