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Truck smashes Kingman house, drives away; reward offered
An unidentified driver smashed his or her truck into Tabitha Levy’s garage early Sunday morning. Kingman Police is offering a reward for information leading to the driver’s arrest.
5/1/2013 6:00:00 AM
By Doug McMurdo
KINGMAN - Sunday morning was anything but easy for Tabitha Levy and her family.
At about 2:10 a.m., a person driving what authorities believe was a Ford Ranger pickup smashed into Levy's Colby Drive home and then fled, causing significant damage to the residence and, police believe, the truck.
Five children were in the home, all asleep in the basement, along with Levy. Nobody in the home was injured.
A roommate heard the truck's engine bearing down on the home and the crash, but by the time he fumbled with the child locks on the door the driver had fled.
A hubcap with the Ford emblem and a pair of sunglasses were recovered.
"That truck has to have damage," said Levy. "It looks like he power braked, hitting the gas and the brakes at the same time."
Indeed, skid marks from the vehicle begin at the intersection of Colby Drive and Western Avenue, about 70 feet from Levy's garage.
She suspects the driver might have been impaired.
She doesn't think the driver experienced a medical episode because he or she was able to leave the scene immediately after impact.
"Pieces of my house were out in the street," said Levy. The driver managed to drive between the roommate's car, which was parked on the street, and Levy's car in the driveway before striking the home.
She called her insurance company, but a claims adjustor had not arrived by early Tuesday afternoon.
The damage is more than cosmetic. The truck struck the corner of the attached garage, buckling the framing and separating it from the stucco.
Capt. Rusty Cooper of the
Kingman Police Department
said officers put out an attempt to locate call on the truck, which could be green in color.
Cooper also believes the truck sustained significant front-end damage.
The Kingman Police Department is offering a reward for information leading to an arrest.
The driver could be charged with felony hit and run.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call the KPD at (928) 753-2191 or Mohave Silent Witness, locally at (928) 753-1234 or via long distance at (877) 227-8780.
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