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Hit-run driver smashes three vehicles; pedestrian escapes

by: DAVID F. ASHTON - Using this Dodge Neon like a ramp, hit-and-run car drove up its hood, and almost over the top, pushing it backward. In a flash, what witnesses described as a “silver car” came roaring westward on S.E. Flavel Street at about 3 pm on January 26 – hitting and damaging three vehicles and a front-yard fence. The car also narrowly missed a pedestrian.

From what neighbors told THE BEE, the “silver car” was moving “very fast” when it first hit an eastbound 2009 Honda Civic nearly head-on. But, then, it kept going.

The mystery car then drove up the low hood of an unoccupied 2001 Dodge Neon like a ramp; and kept accelerating, shoving backward along the curb, under a pickup truck behind it.

Jonathan Weaver told us that he’d just gotten home from work, parked his car, and stopped in front of his house in the 8000 block of S.E. Flavel Street.

“My mom was in my truck, going to the bank,” Weaver said. “I waved to her, said ‘I love you, and see you in a couple minutes’.

He didn’t have an inkling of what would happen next, Weaver said. As the speeding silver sedan pushed the Dodge Neon under the front of his 1996 Ford Ranger pickup truck, the wedging impact rolled the pickup truck onto its side, right where Weaver was standing.

“I was trapped for a split second when the truck started to roll over on its side,” recalleed Weaver. “The truck pushed me into the chain link fence – but rolled back and outside of it.”

Somehow, the hit-and-run driver’s was able to back his car out of the Dodge, and then continue west on Flavel, turning south on S.E. 72nd Avenue.

Perhaps because of his vocational training as lifeguard, Weaver said, his first thought was to make sure everyone else nearby was safe and not hurt. “I did the best to make sure that everyone was stabilized, and that somebody was calling to get an ambulance.”

While the occupants of the Honda and Ranger were transported to area hospitals for treatment and observation, reports indicated that the injuries were not severe.

“I'm just thinking the Lord that he is looking over my family today,” Weaver said. The hit-and-run driver in what now would be a very battered silver sedan has not yet been identified, but police are on the lookout.