Doctor Trent Pierce was near his Lexus RX Hybrid when it suddenly exploded. He's now in critical condition. Initial reports suggested no foul play. What could cause a hybrid powertrain to explode? A bomb!
The helicopter video of the vehicle, which appears to be a Lexus RX 450h, shows the hood completely bent upwards suggesting a major blast. According to another doctor interviewed by MSNBC, Dr. Pierce had walked to his car to warm it up before his drive to work, turned to walk away and then was hit with the impact.