A car owner has resorted to creating handwritten signs in a bid to find the van driver who wrote off his ‘immaculate’ Audi after a hit-and-run crash.
Charles Murray-Roscoe, from Kent, had his A3 Audi parked in a designated parking space outside the front of his house when it was suddenly smashed into by a white Ford Transit on Wednesday afternoon (July 13).
The van driver drove off after crashing into Charles’ car – resulting in the Audi being written off after his insurance company claimed the car was beyond repair.
Charles, an antique dealer, has been left furious after the crash caused £3,000 worth of damage which has now made his ‘immaculate’ car redundant.
In a bid to find the culprit, he has written two placards to try and find the callous white Ford Transit van driver.
Charles hopes the signs will help alert passing motorists to the incident as he told Kent Online : “I couldn’t believe it.
“The whole rear bumper was up in the air, it looked like the thing had been in a major collision.
“The insurance company says it’s about £3,000 worth of damage.
“It’s an Audi A3 Sport and was in beautiful, immaculate condition and it’s now been very kindly destroyed and written off by this individual.”
Charles, who has reported the hit-and-run to the police, claims he was only made aware of the incident by his neighbour after he returned from the supermarket with his shopping.
The neighbour knocked on his window and informed Charles a large Ford Transit van was passing by his car and, as they pulled in, crashed into the car and ripped off the Audi’s rear bumper and wing.
As the hit-and-run happened so quickly, Charles said there was no one nearby to capture the number plate of the van driver as they sped off.
This has resulted in Charles coming up with two handwritten signs to try and find out if anyone was in the area when the crash took place.
The handwritten sign reads: “Hit and run. Wed 13th July at 5.10pm. White transit van with black bottom trim – wrote off our vehicle without stopping.
“Value of damage estimated £3,000. Can witnesses come forward to help in finding the hit and run driver”.
Charles has also left his phone number on the card so any witnesses can come forward and contact him if they have any information on the hit-and-run.
He was supposed to be driving to Paris but now feels he will have to cancel the trip as his car is written off.
The antique dealer admitted: “I’ve booked travel and the hotel, but I think I’m going to have to cancel the holiday because I don’t have a car to go in.”