Message to driver who hit and ran
A few days ago I became the victim of a nasty bit of driver behaviour and the more I thought about it, the angrier I became. Finally, I decided to place an advertisement in the Chronicle outlining the incident, and my displeasure, in the probably forlorn hope that the person concerned might become aware of it and feel at least a bit guilty. This is what I wrote:
‘‘To the cowardly driver of the white vehicle who seriously damaged the front passenger door of my parked blue Toyota and who left without owning up–- may you live in interesting times.’’
Some people who knew of the incident and felt that this kind of thing was happening all too often suggested I write a letter to the editor rather than place the advertisement, in the hope that such a letter would serve as a reminder that there is a right way to behave, both as a person and a driver.
The thing is, apart from the probably high cost of any repairs, the metallic paintwork of my car may require a new skin or even a door – these are not covered by the third party insurance I have, the cost of a comprehensive policy being totally uneconomic for my vintage vehicle. There is the additional cost in terms of the inconvenience of not having transport with which to carry out my normal daily life, which for a solo senior citizen, is considerable.
I realise the damage was accidental and certainly the very narrow and/or acutely angled parking spaces do not make it easy to manoeuvre vehicles at low speed. Nor do the ill-mannered and dangerous drivers who rush on past, apparently unable to stop for the few seconds needed for such manoeuvres to be safely completed.
So, as whomever hit my dear old car obviously has not much in the way of either conscience or courage enough to be accountable and make reparation, I say again – may you live in interesting times.