I left work yesterday afternoon to go to Harveys to pickup some lunch. On
the way back, I was stopped at a red light (first car, curb lane) at a busy
intersection here in London Ontario for about 10 seconds and then I heard a
THUD and my Ranger moved forward (I had my foot firmly on the break).
Oh Fark I thought, I looked in my rearview and saw a red Dodge Caravan,
t, sh*t I thought. I put on my four ways and got of the truck. I
looked at my rear bumper and couldn't see much damage, looked like it was
tilted under slightly. Caravan's license plate and cover is smashed in and
the bumper is all messed up. I am in Canada, and it is cold and snowy, but
the road was dry, this guy should have been able to stop. I head to the
drivers window and he rolls it down, "Sorry Man", he says. I reply "Sorry
does not quite cover it". I ask him for some ID, his license and insurance.
There might not be much damage, but I want his info in case there are things
I cannot see. My plan is to take the truck to the dealership and have them
give it a through look over. Guy hums and hahs, says "Hey, there is no
reason to get the Police involved". This guy is either drunk or very low on
the IQ scale, he is not speaking very well. I hadn't mentioned anything
about the Police, I should have paid more attention to this remark. He
starts to get his wallet out and suggests we turn into the parking lot as we
are holding up traffic at a major intersection (Clark and Dundas for any
local people). I get out a note pad and pen and write down the make, model
and license plate of the van. I then get back into my truck and turn into
the parking lot. He does not. The third car does turn in and stops to talk
to me. The lady asks, "Was he supposed to follow you in here?" I reply "Yes
he was". "He left", she says. She asks if I got the license plate and gives
me a note with her name, number and what she wrote down.
I go into a store to use the phone, I call the police. The police are there
in about 15 minutes. I am with the police for about 45 minutes as they take
a report. They show me a picture of the guy and ask if it is him, I say it
is. He is known to them. He has no license and is under suspension. The
dispatch a cruiser to his house to keep an eye on it to make sure he does
not go out.
I am asked to follow the officer to the goof balls house and to wait nearby
in case I have to identify him.
With two cruisers outside his house, I wait in a nearby parking lot about
another 45 minutes. Finally the police come out and I speak with the
officer. I am told they are calling him an ambulance as when they were
talking with him, he was fading in and out. They cannot charge him with DUI
because he was home alone for a period of time and could have started
drinking when he got home. He does have 5 previous DUI's, a suspended
license, no insurance, and was probably drunk at the time. He was charged
under our Federal law with Leaving the Scene of an Accident, which is a
pretty serious charge. I am told that I might be called to trial if this
goes to court.
The officer was very nice, polite and courteous. He thanks me for waiting
around and for the help I have been.
When I got home I called my brother (GM of a car dealership) to see when I
can get my truck in for a full once over. There doesn't seem to be any
damage, and if the guy had just given me any info, that might have been the
end of it.
This ruined my Day. I never did have lunch yesterday and I hope there isn't
anything wrong with my truck.
What an idiot.