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My car was hit in a hit and run. It's a 2005 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport and I love it. Anyway, there's damage down the whole driver's side.
Long story short, they left behind pieces of their car, from which I discerned it was a maroon 86-91 oldsmobile with chrome (hubcap and pieces of bumper), and I spent three days riding my bike around looking for the car that hit me and actually found them! The police talked to them and they admitted doing it. They also admitted it to their insurance company because the police officer told them if they didn't he would start working on a warrant for hit and run. I wish he would do that anyway.
I think I should be compensated for the time and energy I spent finding the jerk who smashed my car up and tried to get away with it. The insurance rep I talked to said they only pay for repairs. Does anyone think I have any kind of chance at being compensated, no matter how small, for this? This whole thing has really pissed me off. This guy smashed my car up, no doubt drunkenly driving by my house, and just drove away and never came back, and he is getting the same consequences as if he had stopped and given his info to me when it happened. He's not even getting a ticket. The cop said 3 days was too long of a gap to give him a ticket, even though he has his confession on video tape as well as physical evidence from the scene the day it happened. Any advice? Maybe I should just be glad I found the guy
You could try calling the cop's supervisor or make a stink with the mayor or city/county attorney. Doubt that you'd get any money damages from the guy but you could give him "three days of grief" if his license gets suspended or his insurance gets cancelled.
you ARE lucky you found the guy. Most people never do. I agree with Steve, a hit and run event should be a ticket-able offense---although the guy will probably be punished financially through his insurance company. I trust someone verified that he HAS insurance? Usually that's why they skip in the first place--they are not insured.
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