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Carpool passenger leaves money behind; driver searches for owner

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What would you do if you found money in the back seat of your car? A Woodbridge woman is lucky that the driver who found her money was Reginald Day.

Day carpooled or "slugged" home from work the other day, and a passenger left behind hundreds of dollars. But rather than pocket the cash, Day and his wife, Angela, started looking for the rightful owner.

So he called ABC7 and NewsChannel 8. A viewer saw our story and contacted Gloria Smith.

""I said, 'Oh my God, that's my money.' God is taking care of his children," Smith says. "I had borrowed it for my mortgage. I was short."

Not only did the couple give her the money back. They gave her a ride back home to Woodbridge Thursday night. And say they've found a new friend.

Since 1991, Day has been able to use the HOV lanes during rush hour by "slugging" or picking up passengers at designated stops.

Tuesday, his 22-year routine took an unusual turn. Right after he dropped a woman off at the Horner Road commuter lot in Woodbridge, he made a surprising discovery in the back seat.

"We found a white envelope with some money in it," Day recalled. "It has approximately $617."

Day picked up the passenger at the corner of D and 7 streets Southwest in D.C., located near the L'Enfant Plaza Metro station, around 5 p.m. Tuesday.

"She was probably 5'2'' to 5'4'' in her early 40s, late 30s..and she was wearing a brown jacket," he explained.

He says the money belongs to her since she was his only passenger this week.

"Times are hard for everybody, and I hate to think of the fact that somebody might be missing out with their rent money or car payment money," he says.

Day says he's had people leave behind cell phones and other small items before, but this is a first.

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