“Concerned Neighbor” says a hit-run driver smacked into her car in the Admiral District last night, near California/Walker, leaving behind pieces like the one above. She’s telling her story in hopes you can help close the case:
I just wanted to write a note to share my unfortunate experience, I hope to maybe find the person who did this to me and hold them accountable for their actions and to make our neighborhood streets safer.
I’ve been a member of this community for nearly four years. I work at two local small businesses, and I own a small condo here. About eight months ago, I went to leave for work only to find that someone had attempted to steal my car, rendering it undrivable and valueless in the process. The car couldn’t be repaired and I couldn’t claim it on my insurance because due to numerous hit and run accidents over the years while my car was parked, I could no longer insure it for anything but liability. After a month of getting around without a vehicle, I withdrew my entire savings, secured a loan and purchased my first brand new car. A month later I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer.
As a result, I have very low mileage because I have barely had a chance to drive it, much less afford the loan I owe to pay for it. Due to the compassion of family, I’ve been able to keep up with my payments and keep the car I love so much, the result of years of hard work and saving.
While parked outside of one of my jobs last night on a local residential street, my car was hit. It was hit so hard that large pieces of their car were left behind in their haste to flee, needless to say, there was no note. I found it an hour and a half after I parked it, collected the debris, and called SPD. The officer who responded was both compassionate and thoughtful, but realistic enough to admit that the parts were without identification numbers, and therefore it was unlikely that the driver would be caught.
I am truly sickened, not just for my damages, but because anyone who could turn that corner so fast and hard as to strike a large, brightly (sun yellow) colored vehicle as hard as it did surely would have killed a dog off leash, a cat in the road, or a child in dark clothing. This happened in a residential neighborhood, and has happened to others I work with along the same stretch of road.
I want to appeal to the citizens in our neighborhood not to let this continue. This is a threat to our property and to our safety. I’m appealing to those who wish to keep our community safe to please enforce these values by not letting these types of crimes go unpunished. If anyone has seen or knows who owns the vehicle missing these (gray/silver corner panel and bumper parts- see attached photos) to please turn in their license plate numbers, or encourage them to turn themselves in. If we don’t stand up as a community and put a stop to these offenses, we only encourage them to continue, and the next victim could be you.
Here are two more photos “Concerned Neighbor” included: