Bumper-sized evidence left behind after hit-and-run

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WVEC) -- There are pieces of evidence, and, then there are pieces of evidence.

In the case of a hit-and-run Monday, the main piece was the width of a car.

"I was wondering in my head how long it was going to take for her to realize that, 'A,' she didn't have a bumper, and then, 'B,' that her license plate with every bit of evidence was on it was right there at the scene," said Allyson Conroy.

Conroy and her friend, Heather Dail, planned to enjoy a day by the pool.

They ran to Wawa near the Chesapeake Conference Center to grab food.

Conroy was in Dail's SUV with Dail's 2-year-old daughter, Brielle, who was sleeping.

Conroy told 13News Now someone in a car parked next to them started backing out, hitting the SUV and scraping it.

"All of a sudden, the car just jolted," recalled Conroy. "I just yelled, 'You hit the car!' and she just looked at me and said, 'Sorry!' and I just yelled, 'You can't do that! You can't run! I'm freaking out, and she ran anyways."

Customers ran towards Conroy who tried to memorize the license plate number on the rear of the car. That's when she looked down and realized the front license plate was on the ground, still attached to the car's front bumper.

In the midst of everything, Conroy called police. She turned over the bumper to them.

"They could not believe that that had happened and that their investigation just got a whole lot easier," Conroy said.

Dail, who was in the store when the car hit her SUV, came out of Wawa after Conroy called police.

"I couldn't even help but start laughing, 'cause there's license plate just on the bumper behind my car," Dail explained.

The incident left the SUV's rim, tire, and quarter panel on the rear of the driver's side damaged. Although it wasn't extensive, Dail estimated that it would take about $3,000 to repair.

"They found the girl who the car was registered to, and she's just claiming that a friend took her car that morning, came back to the house and claims that she wrecked it, and just left," Dail told 13News Now.

2-year-old Brielle said, "That lady can't do that."

Dail and Conroy said the driver had a woman in the car with her when it hit the SUV.

As of Monday night, police had not filed any charges.


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