Today my husband came home for lunch and discovered that someone had hit one of our cars parked in front of our house, probably some time this morning. There was no note, no one came to the door (I had been home all morning cleaning), nada. He checked close by for some possible suspects, but I’m not sure if we’ll ever know who did it.
What would you do if you hit a parked car? I hit a car once. Just after we arrived in Guam a few years ago, a friend let us use his car while we waited on ours to arrive from the States. His was lower to the ground and had a longer front end than I was used to, and when I went to park at a grocery store, I bumped the back right panel of an already banged up rental car. Lucky for me, there wasn’t a scratch on my friend’s car, but there was a small dent and scratches on the rental. The person renting the car was sitting in it, so I didn’t have to put a note on the windshield and wait for the inevitable. I got the name of the rental company and worked it out with them pretty quickly.
Another time while I was waiting at a stop sign behind another car, the driver in front of me started to cross the intersection and decided halfway out that he couldn’t make it. So he put his car in reverse and backed into the front of my car as I had already started to pull forward to the stop sign. He then proceeded to put his car back in gear and went through the intersection when it was clear. I immediately took off after him, honking at him for several blocks until he finally stopped again. I confronted him and told him to sit still while I checked out my car. Nothing had been hurt, but I had been quite surprised that he didn’t even feel a thing backing into me.
We were pretty upset about the hit and run today, but there wasn’t much we could do except call the police to get a report for the insurance company. I don’t wish condemnation on the person who did this, but it sure would have been nice if he’d just ‘fessed up.