About an hour ago a woman in a silver BMW X5 SUV backed into me at a street light where I was waiting behind her to make a right turn. She got out of her car, looked at the damage, and started talking about wanting to make a left turn. As I was rummaging through my purse for a pen, she walked back to her car and took off!
I stood in the street, shell shocked, and watched as her car sped away. I knew I was supposed to memorize her license plate number, but all I could get was “XXXX.” A very kind young man on a bicycle (I later learned his name is Joey) offered to chase her down. He returned a few minutes later, saying he lost her on a turn. Another kind soul, a construction worker who saw the whole thing, helped me get out of the road (I was pretty shook up) and helped me find the blinkers on the brand new dashboard. Did I mention my car is just ten days old?
The police came, and took a full report. I was pretty upset with myself that all I memorized was a partial license plate. But about half an hour into the report process, I had a vision of the last 3 characters. “Try 123,” I said to Rena, the police woman. Nope, no match. “Try 122.”
Up came a local address for a silver BMW. Now the police have a name and an address. I don’t think they are going to charge her with “hit and run” because I was okay .. but at least I know that her insurance company will have to pay … and that she didn’t get away with it.
Everyone on the street was so kind. One of the other construction workers even gave me a bid for the damage. He thinks it will cost $800 to fix my bumper. But I’m okay, it’s only money. And hey, my insurance company says that if they track her down and take her to court, I won’t even have to pay my $500 deductible.