My wife called me yesterday morning all upset. On her way to work someone in an older car slammed into her car from the rear and then took off, leaving us in the unenviable position of having to deal with the damage using our own insurance. Luckily Sheri wasn’t hurt, just furious that this person would hit her at about 40 miles per hour and then take off. Since she was momentarily disoriented after the impact she couldn’t get the car’s license plate number so we thought there would be little chance the offender would ever be tracked down.
Guess what? The car slammed into Sheri’s car so hard that the front license plate numbers were imprinted into the plastic bumper! When Sheri went to file the police report she showed them the impression and in less than a minute they identified the license plate number through the general description of the car that ran away. One solid match and the police turned it over to the Hit and Run Division and expect to get in touch with the owner of that vehicle pretty soon, who is responsible whether they were the driver or not. That’s just cool.
UPDATE: Sheri has posted about the experience with the police and license plate number on her blog.