October 16, 2012 - Reported here. Ewing NJ. Alex Leiva was working at his job at Olden Avenue Car Wash yesterday morning, cleaning up the parking lot and getting ready for the day, when he saw flashing lights and a cloud of smoke. Thinking the car wash was on fire, Leiva ran toward the building, he said today. Then the smoke cleared — and he saw the image of the Virgin Mary holding baby Jesus in the window of the car wash tunnel, he said.
Leiva grabbed his camera phone from his belt holster and started snapping photos, he said. He dropped the phone, and by the time he picked it up, the image was gone. “I just tell everybody,” said Leiva, a native of Honduras who does not speak English well. Leiva said he sent the image to his family in Honduras and to a number of pastors and ministers at local churches, who he said were shocked by the image.
“I looked at that and asked God, ‘Is this a sign?" said Eric Ortiz, a minister with the No Longer Bound Ministry in Trenton, who was at the car wash this morning. “It is something that I could not even put into words.” Leiva’s boss William Savage, who owns the car wash, said when he got to the office at about 10 a.m. yesterday, Leiva ran up seemingly stunned.
“He was so excited he was having a hard time talking to me,” Savage said. Savage said there are no lights in the area where Leiva saw the image and he has tried to take photos to see if he could get a similar image, but has had no luck.
“There is no way that he would be making the story up,” Savage said. Leiva said he is not very religious, but he and Savage said they believe that they saw an image of the Virgin Mary.
*Update - October 17, 2012 Reported here. Car Wash Worker Sees Image of the Virgin Mary [video] Olden Avenue Car Wash attendant Alex Leiva says he saw the image of the Virgin Mary while at work Monday morning. A cloud of smoke caught Leiva’s attention as he was preparing for work. When the smoke cleared, he saw the image of the Virgin Mary holding baby Jesus in one of the car wash windows, he said. Leiva was able to snap a few photos on his phone before the image disappeared. He proceeded to send the photos to his family in Honduras, as well as local pastors and ministers.
The owner of the car wash, William Savage, said he doesn’t believe Leiva would make the story up.The image appeared around 9:30 a.m., before any cars had been washed so no condensation had formed on the window prior to the incident. Leiva has worked at the car wash for the past thirteen years, but this is the first time he has seen an image like this in one of the windows.