A young Cambridge woman has been left shaken after a hit and run last week, when a vehicle ploughed into the side of her car as she was making her way along Shakespeare St towards Lamb St.
The speeding vehicle, which wreckage from the scene suggests could have been an Isuzu, shot through the intersection of Moore and Shakespeare Sts at around 9.45pm on Wednesday, November 7, slamming into Nikita Geurts’ Nissan Tiida so hard she was spun around and ended up in Moore St.
It all happened so quickly, Nikita said, that she didn’t get a good look at the car, which had no headlights on and failed to give way, ploughing into the front driver’s side of her car and demolishing it.
“By the time I got out of the car, they were gone,” Nikita said, believing the other vehicle had continued along Moore St, towards the dead end.
“It gave me such a fright,” a shaken Nikita said, adding that she thought the other vehicle was a dark-coloured vehicle similar to a jeep.
Lucky to escape with minor bumps and bruises, Nikita’s car was a total write off. To add insult to injury, because the culprit didn’t stop the 19-year-old is faced with a $1200 excess on her car insurance to replace her vehicle.
Nikita’s mum, Leeanne Geurts, was gutted that the offenders drove off without even checking that Nikita was OK. Luckily, passers-by stopped to render assistance to the shaken teenager, and Leeanne was particularly keen to thank Diane Millar, Sarah and Matt Kavanagh, the ambulance staff and the police officers who helped Nikita at the time of the accident.
Leeanne said she hopes the driver of the vehicle will do the right thing and come forward. “They need to face their responsibilities otherwise they have learnt nothing, and we don’t want this happening again to someone else.”
Failing that, the junior hairdresser will have to stump up with the $1200 insurance excess, through no fault of her own and right before Christmas.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Cambridge police on 07 827 5531 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 to make an anonymous report.