A hit-and-run driver caused a three-car pile-up in the middle of last Friday’s downpour. The victims are paying a price that could have been avoided.
Friday’s rains made roads slick and dangerous. Accidents piled-up around the city.
Susan Friis said, “I have never had an accident my entire life and I drove for a living - 31 years as a bus driver.”
But Friis says a car rear-ended her vehicle on Friday causing it to slide nine feet into Traci Mason's car.
Traci said, "I just have a little bit of damage on the bumper here and over on the other side."
Neither of their cars were heavily damaged but they say the man's hood was practically hanging off his vehicle. He asked them if they were okay and then things happened quickly.
“He said, ‘did you call the police?’ Friis told us. “I said ‘no, but I think she is.’ And he said ‘I don't need the police today. I just don't need the police today.’ He said, ‘report it as a hit-and-run,’ and he left."
In that short window, the only information the women got was that the man was driving a red Pontiac and he looked to be either white or of mixed race.
Police say that for them to pursue the case they need three key pieces of information: the license plate number, the exact make and model of the car and a detailed description of the driver. All of that could have been easily recorded with a cell phone camera.
But Friis and Mason say he drove off so quickly they didn't have time to do any of that and police were upfront about what they could do
Traci told us, “He just said that with so little to go on they're probably not going to find anything."
Now Friis will have to take the full hit
She said, “My insurance is going to have to pay for both of those things and this young man who was clearly not paying attention and going too fast for conditions walked away scot-free."
Traffic police say they see a lot of hit-and-runs and many of them will not be solved because drivers don't get enough information.
Friis says she learned her lesson.
“Don't trust anyone,” she said. “Get out of the vehicle with your camera in hand and take as many pictures of everything that you can possibly get."