As the search for the public employee who plowed into several parked cars continues, those drivers are stuck paying for the damage.
Thornie Hutcherson and five others woke up Sunday morning and found their cars parked on Humboldt Parkway in Buffalo had been hit by a plow.
Hutcherson explained, “It wasn’t a straight shot, some of the cars weren’t even by each other. It hit one then skipped one, hit another and then skipped again.”
Humboldt is a city street but it runs along Route 198 and is an access point to that state highway.
A city spokesperson said it doesn’t appear a Buffalo plow is responsible and their investigation is now focused on the State Department of Transportation. Police are searching through surveillance video and GPS information from the plow trucks.
Regardless of who is responsible for the damage, in these kinds of situations insurance companies say drivers should always file a claim.
Lori Kozuch of Niagara National Insurance told News 4, “Because they don’t know who did it, call their insurance agent and file a claim with their own policy.”
Drivers are still stuck paying their deductible and anyone without collision coverage is out of luck for now.
Hutcherson said, “I hope they find who did it because I’m not the only one involved, there are other people, college kids who can’t afford it and I can’t afford it because I’m on a limited income myself.”
Plows are emergency vehicles but they’re only protected from liability in certain situations. Kozuch said that in this case, if police track down the driver, the owners of these damaged cars should get their money back.
She explained, “Even if it was an accident, people should not be held responsible to pay their deductible for an accident that occurred while their vehicle was parked and they’re in their homes sleeping.”
A spokesperson for the State DOT told News 4 if it was one of their drivers, they will accept responsibility and help pay for the damage.