By Dianne Cornish • REVIEW STAFF
A 20-year-old Waterdown man, visiting his girlfriend over the Christmas holiday, got an unwelcome surprise when his parked Honda was totaled on Braeheid Avenue on Saturday, Dec. 29 about 8 p.m.
Ryan Fitzgerald hopes the Hamilton Police Service will apprehend the driver of the grey or maroon 4x4 pickup that smashed into his car, pushing it 30 feet and up onto a nearby snow bank on the west side of the residential street. The 1993 small, white car was the first vehicle ever purchased by the young Mohawk College student and he is devastated by its loss.
Glenys Grainger, Fitzgerald’s girlfriend’s mother, said no one in her household on Braeheid, just south of Rockhaven Lane, heard the crash as everyone was in the basement watching a movie. But a neighbour a couple of doors down knocked on their door to alert them of the mishap.
Grainger said the neighbour’s husband was outside walking his dog when he heard the collision. He walked over to see what had happened and spoke briefly with the driver of the truck, who he described as middle-aged, about 5' 10," with salt and pepper hair and a moustache. The driver, according to the neighbour, told him that he was just going to get his cellphone, but instead, hopped into his truck and sped away. He allegedly ran the stop sign at Braeheid and Rockhaven and then turned left onto Fenton Avenue.
“Luckily no one was near the car at the time (of the collision) or someone could have been seriously hurt,” Grainger said, explaining that the snow bank stopped the car which, otherwise, would have been pushed right up onto the sidewalk.
“We are not sure if the man had been drinking or if he ran just because he didn’t want to take responsibility for what he had done,” she added.
With the amount of damage sustained by the car, the pickup would also have significant damage on its left front side. Police are looking for the truck at local auto body shops, Grainger said, while urging witnesses or anyone with additional information about the crash to contact Hamilton Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
“If anyone has any idea who this could have been, the police would love to speak to him.”