Hit-and-run crash ruins festive visit

PUBLISHED: 12:28 05 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:48 06 May 2010

A WOMAN S festive visit to see relatives was ruined when a hit-and-run driver damaged her parked car on Boxing Day. Judith Gentleman, aged 50, travelled from her home in Lincolnshire to Bricket Wood for the family gathering at her mother-in-law s house i

A WOMAN'S festive visit to see relatives was ruined when a hit-and-run driver damaged her parked car on Boxing Day.

Judith Gentleman, aged 50, travelled from her home in Lincolnshire to Bricket Wood for the family gathering at her mother-in-law's house in The Crescent. While she was inside, someone drove into the rear of her silver Vauxhall Astra, which had been parked at the end of the cul-de-sac, and then drove off.

Mrs Gentleman's car was pushed over the kerb and onto the pavement and sustained considerable damage. Mrs Gentleman said that the marks on her Vauxhall, including a bashed bumper, suggest that the culprit drove a larger and higher car.

The incident occurred between 11am and 11.30am, during which Mrs Gentleman's daughter arrived at the house and noticed the car's position on the pavement.

Mrs Gentleman said that the incident was very upsetting and she was also disappointed with the way the police treated her call about the incident.

She said: "My attempt to report the incident to Herts Police was met with a very negative response. The officer asked whether I was reporting the incident as a victim or an offender and whether I had CCTV in my car to back up my story!"

No one has come forward to claim responsibility so far, although Mrs Gentleman said that she remained optimistic. She added: "I'm hoping that the driver will have a prick of conscience and come forward soon so that my 24-year no-claims bonus isn't jeopardised. It's such a terrible thing to happen, especially during Christmas time.

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