Just being Neighbourly
May 4, 2018
What do you do when your vehicle is hit but the driver doesn’t stick around?
Put it on Neighbourly – and let social media do the tracking.
Mechanic Jiten Pratap did just that and within an hour had a lead from a neighbour, who had seen a car matching the description at a local panel beaters.
Pratap first found out his ute had been hit on Coutts St when a neighbour called last Wednesday and told him the culprit was driving a pink Honda Jazz.
The neighbours saw the driver flee the scene but did not catch its number plate.
The ute rolled forward and smashed into the back of a parked blue Mazda hatchback.
Pratap’s day went from bad to worse as he was inspecting the damage, when the owner of the Mazda came out from her house and accused him of hitting her car.
“She was going ‘you hit my car!’ She wouldn’t even listen to me,” Pratap said.
Police said because there was no information to identify the offending driver, both owners should contact their insurance companies.
Pratap decided to take the matter into his own hands, and posted a short notice on social media site Neighbourly the next morning.
“Within a one-hour span of posting on Neighbourly, I had a call from one of the neighbours who saw the post. They said there was a pink car at the panel beaters which had been damaged at the front.”
The owner told Pratap his third-party insurance would cover the damage to Pratap’s ute and the other car.