Sunday, July 11, 2010

Smashed

The other day this young woman drove her pickup truck into our front fence.

I was in the back bedroom when I heard the sound of cars colliding, and then a car alarm went off. The first thing I thought was, this sounds just like listening to a blu ray movie. I ran up to the front of the house and looked out the window.

There, in front of our house, was a black pickup truck that was on our curb. She backed up, parked the truck and got out. I saw our next door neighbor outside, looking at his car that I could see had been damaged. I figured he's there, he's going to deal with her, so I went back. I was wondering how she managed to hit our neighbor's car that was parked in front of his house and then run up on our sidewalk.

About an hour later the doorbell rang. It was our neighbor. "Hey, did you see what happened?" He asked. I told him yeah, I sure did, and how did that happen, anyway??

"Did you see your fence?"

"My fence?" He motioned me to come outside and look. Then I noticed one section of our wrought iron fence had been bashed in. Actually it looked like a 1,000 pound person tried to jump over it and hit the top rail and bounced back. The rails were bowed in towards the house. Then I looked at the sidewalk and saw tire tracks going from the curb to the fence.

"I was wondering why you didn't come out," said our neighbor. I told him I heard the crash, looked out the window and saw him out there so I assumed he was taking care of his car. I hadn't even noticed our fence.

Meanwhile, the front driver side of his car was damaged. The tire was tilted in so she must have bent the axle, as well as partially knocked off the bumper and scraped the car.

"How the heck did that happen? What was she doing?" My neighbor just shrugged. He said she was so upset she could barely talk and was crying. He gave me her information but said to wait a while before calling. I told him I'd call that evening.

About an hour later the doorbell rang again. It was her stepdad. I was pretty surprised that he'd be so conscientious as to actually come over straight from work. He thought that was my car out front that his daughter hit. I told him it belonged to our neighbor. Then I mentioned the fence and he looked surprised.

"She didn't say anything about a fence," he said. So I walked outside with him and showed him the art work. Then I showed him the tire tracks on the sidewalk and he had an astonished look on his face. Poor guy. He just stood there shaking his head while he assured me he had insurance and he'd take care of everything. "That was my pickup she was driving," he smirked, and then pointed to his Maxima. "She put that dent in my car, too."

"Oh man," I told him, not knowing what else to say about that. "So, how did that accident happen?"

"She was taking some food over someone's house and I guess she must have been fiddling with it and didn't see where she was going," he said. "Maybe it's time to have her license taken away."

Right then Lindsay Lohan came into my mind. "Well," I said, "I remember I did some pretty crazy things when I was younger."

I gave him my name and number and he told me he'd report it to his insurance guy. The next day State Farm called. Now I need to get two estimates to send to them, meaning I have to find a couple of people who work on wrought iron fences. I really don't know how they'd bend something like that back into shape.

Since the fence isn't mangled, it doesn't look too bad. This whole thing was sort of amusing because I can't figure out how she would have hit our neighbors car then ran up on our sidewalk to hit the fence. It just goes to show you have to beware all the time when you're on the street (and on the sidewalk, too).



2 comments:

Anonymous said...

This happened in front of our house a few years back. Lucky for use someone else had parked in front of our house. A guy driving a truck registered to his dad totaled the car in front, and then smashed into the block wall across the street. it goes on to smash three more cars. No insurance but they paid. Trucks should only be used to haul stuff and SUVs should be banned. People that say they need them should save their money for Viagra or penis enlargements.

donna said...

Amazing what one driver can do. What a hassle for you!