Just being Neighbourly

Just being Neighbourly

The crash and dash occurred on Coutts Street. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

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’s vehicle jumped forward and hit a parked Mazda. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

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.

Mechanic Jiten Pratap posted on social media website Neighbourly after a driver fled the scene of the crash and within an hour he had a lead. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

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.

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