Parking war rages on, this time with a hit-and-run

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Photo by Evan Ludes/ The Gateway The street at the bottom of the slope near ASH is a popular option for those who do not wish to purchase a pass.
Photo by Evan Ludes/ The Gateway
The street at the bottom of the slope near ASH is a popular option for those who do not wish to purchase a pass.

Letter to the Editor

To whoever sideswiped my car Thursday morning,

I can’t tell you what a surprise it was to return to my Honda Civic after teaching my morning classes Thursday, Feb. 5, and notice its left side mirror was gone.  Gone, not as stolen but as in busted off when you sideswiped my car’s entire left side, from the rear quarter panel to across the door to the front fender.  You didn’t just scratch the paint, you gouged everything.  I hope your vehicle got as good as it gave.

Of course, no message from you could be found, meaning you don’t want to own up to what you did.

So now I’m out the money for the deductible on my comprehensive insurance to fix what you did to my car…..like I need to lose $500 for what you should be paying.  That’s money my wife and I had planned to use for airplane tickets to see her father in Kentucky.  Gee, thanks.

I had parked on the right side of the lane that’s just east of campus in Elmwood Park, down the slope from Arts & Sciences Hall.   Although some areas of the lane were narrow because of the snows last week, where I parked had been plowed from curb to curb, giving you plenty of room to pass between my car and whatever was parked on the left side of the lane.  Were you distracted by your phone or was it that you’re a bad driver period?  One thing I know is that you lack the courtesy…or courage to admit what you did.

I suppose by now you’ve tweeted or texted or posted something about this on Facebook, telling your friends about what happened to your poor vehicle…I can only hope they’ll out you or, better yet, extort you for their silence.

Sincerely,

Mike Whye

Adjunct, JOUR 2100 and 3110

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