ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – Police say a reckless driver did a lot of damage to three parked cars in Dogtown.
Lisa Novak is a resident of Dogtown and says her surveillance cameras recorded a pickup truck smashing into her neighbor’s parked car around 10 p.m. Tuesday.
“I heard a barreling truck coming down the road,” she said. “So I got up to go to the door and then heard a crash.”
The first car struck was propelled up onto the hood of another vehicle parked behind it, which was driven into a third parked car.
The first two vehicles belong to Novak’s neighbor, Rose Nieters and her husband. They are no longer drivable.
“I cried. I absolutely cried. My gut clenched to see all of them wrecked like that,” said Nieters. “That’s rough when you spend so much money on them and it just came out of the shop, the white one did and so did the gold one not too long ago.”
Novak’s footage captures the pickup driver speeding away from the scene. From the video, police were able to get a good description of the truck, identifying it as an 1980’s or early 90’s model pickup.
“It was a big dodge truck. It sounded loud like a diesel. It had a light bar on top, very distinctive,” Novak said.
According to police, a good Samaritan may have made the investigation even easier.
A driver in a minivan saw the incident and followed the pickup. That driver got the license plate number, and police recovered the truck a half mile from the accident.
The driver, who police say lives in St. Louis County, is still at large.
Nieters says her neighbors are looking out for her. They have offered her rides until her vehicles are repaired.
“We treat each other kind of like family. I mean, that’s what our community is,” said Novak.