City snow plow hits woman’s car in Queens and flees, causes $3k in damage

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REGO PARK, Queens (PIX11) -- This is a winter Allyson Healy would like to forget.  But she probably won’t.

Back on Jan. 24, while the school speech therapist slept in her Rego Park apartment, it was snowing outside.  New York City snowplows were out clearing the streets. Allyson had quite a sight when she woke up and saw her Nissan Altima.

“When I saw it in the morning from my bedroom window it was perpendicular to the street,” Allyson told me. “It had been pushed half up into the sidewalk half into the street!”

She had no idea what happened. So she got her building super to check the exterior security camera. “What happened was is it was hit by a snow plow that was turning the corner…Dented the bumper, popped it out. Cracked the mirror here.  A multitude of scratches and gouges on the exterior of the bumper.”

The snow plow just kept going, leaving her car out in the street and no information about who did it. Allyson’s estimate is that it will cost about $3,000 to fix her car. Insurance will cover most of it.

“Well, my deductible is $500. I work very hard. $500 is a lot of money for me!"

So Allyson contacted us.

We got in touch with City Comptroller Scott Stringer’s office.  They told Allyson what they need to reimburse the deductible.  Right now that’s being held up by some paper work Allyson needs from her insurance company.

But get this.  The Sanitation Department says it still hasn’t identified the snowplow driver.  GPS devices don’t have the info.  And we’re told plows run overlapping routes so it will take some digging.

So far, because of the bad winter, sanitation claims they haven’t had time to check things out. We hope they get to it.  Who knows how many other cars this driver may have hit?

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