7:20am Thursday 4th October 2012 in Letters
MY 82-year-old great grandmother has recently been staying with her daughter, as she had a nasty fall down stairs and broke her nose. She also injured her head quite badly and therefore was a bit confused. As if this wasn’t enough, whilst staying with her daughter for a few days while she recovered, we then discovered someone had driven into her car which was parked outside the house where she had been staying. The front headlight had been smashed completely and the front right of the bumper had completely come away with parts of the car on the floor. This is how we found her car on Thursday afternoon. Furious, we noticed that one of the corner shops nearby had a camera facing the direction of my great grandmother’s car and asked the shopkeeper to check the CCTV. After a few hours of scanning through the footage we found the vehicle which caused this damage. The incident is clear and the driver, who looked at the damage, jumped back into his van and drove off.
Annoyed seeing this careless driver not even have the decency to let us know, my family and I were just relieved to find the person that had done this to my great grandmother’s car.
Until then we were unable to even tell her as she was still confused as to what was going on after falling downstairs and we didn’t want to break any more bad news.
When phoning the police to report the incident we were shocked to be told that they were unable to do anything about it as no-one had been hurt. Therefore my great grandmother now has to deal with the consequences of her damaged vehicle and claim on her insurance, even though we have seen this crime being committed.
Roisin O’Kelly Barry