Update: Ridge Street is now open. Crews are still working on the scene.
July 25, 2012
Residents on Ridge Street got a brutal wakeup call Wednesday morning.
“I heard a big boom. I thought it was lightning or thunder going on outside,” Anita Davis, Ridge Street resident.
“Car alarms woke us up; we came out to find a mess,” Mark Check, Ridge Street resident.
The path of destruction was caused by a Ford Expedition. Police say it came barreling down Ridge Street ramming three parked cars and knocking over three telephone poles.
“At some point, the vehicle was on the sidewalk,” said Sgt. Tito Durrette, Charlottesville Police Department.
Residents could barely believe the mess.
"A tire was in the yard, a front bumper was in the yard, debris was all over the porch; it’s unreal,” said Davis.
Police responded to a 911 call about a crash but when they got to the scene, the SUV was deserted.
“Whoever was operating the vehicle fled the scene,” said Sgt. Durrette.
Parts of Ridge Street are closed off while police investigate and utility crews work to restore power to the block.
“I have been living here 17 or 18 years and I have never seen anything like this,” said Davis.
Residents agree though, that it could have been much worse.
“I’m glad no one was walking down the street when this happened because I don’t think they would be with us,” said Check.
Ridge Street is closed between Monticello Ave. and Elliott Ave.
Charlottesville police say around 2 a.m.Wednesday morning an SUV crashed into three other cars, hitting multiple utility poles.
Three of those utility poles are blocking the road and cable lines also fell across the street.
The power is out in the neighborhood and police are reporting four cars are damaged, two of them possibly totaled.
Detectives and power crews are on the scene trying to figure out what happened.
Area residents say they didn't hear any sounds of a crash early Wednesday morning.
Police are searching for the driver of the SUV who was gone from the scene by the time they arrived.
Charlottesville Police Sargent Victor Mitchell says charges are pending against the driver.