FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Narrow streets are becoming more impassable due to mountains of snow spilling into the roads and ice underneath it. Some car owners are starting to realize their parked cars are being hit on these narrow roads.
Anthony, who lives on the city’s south side, said his mother moved his car out of the driveway and on the street to get to her car and drive to the grocery store. When she came back home, she realized someone hit her son’s vehicle.
“Now I have a dent in my driver side, rear door that’s pretty noticeable and very frustrating,” he said.
Anthony said the driver didn’t leave any information, so he will have to pay for the damage. He does have insurance, but plans to pay out of pocket for the significant dent and scratches to avoid his premiums going up.
“With the way the streets are plowed, you can’t get over far enough, so you’re almost parked in the middle of the road,” said Jodi Eachen, an insurance agent for Michaylo. “I don’t know if there’s really a solution to it.”
Eachen said she’s had a client who hit another person’s car. Her client left his information on the person’s vehicle. She was told by her client that another driver hit the same car and called him to find the owner. Police were called and they eventually tracked down the owner.
NewsChannel 15 talked with Fort Wayne Police Department spokesperson, Michael Joyner. He said he believed there’s been slight increase in hit and run accidents possibly due to road conditions, but he didn’t provide any specifics. After looking through police activity log through Feb. 1 to Feb. 8, there were no correlation between road conditions and accidents. NewsChannel 15 did find that hit and run accidents were higher on Saturdays, a day when more people tend to be parked out on the street.
Eachen said you should check with your insurance company to see if you’re covered in a hit and run situation.