Hit and run leaves student stunned

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    By ASHLEY DICKSON

    A student’s vehicle that was parked in a Y lot was damaged in a hit and run accident Tuesday morning, Mar. 2.

    Gabriel Almeida, an international student majoring in economics, said he parked his 1996 Mazda Prot?g? at 8 a.m. in the parking lot located on 800 North, between 500 and 600 East. He returned to his car around 11 a.m. and found his front bumper lying on the ground. The lights on the front of his car were also damaged.

    An officer with the BYU Police Department filed a report, but with no witnesses to the accident and no sign of the type of car that hit Almeida’s, there is little hope in finding the driver.

    “You wouldn’t expect at BYU that someone would rip your bumper off and just leave it there,” Almeida said. “If I would have done that to any car I would have left a note.”

    Almeida said the cost of the damage, possibly between $300 and $600, is left up to him and his insurance, unless the person responsible for the accident steps forward.

    Lt. Barber, manager of the patrol and building security division of the University Police Department, said hit and run accidents in campus parking lots occur a couple times a week.

    “Primarily, the best thing that could happen would be if someone observed and saw the accident occur and could give a description of the vehicle and a driver,” Barber said.

    Any information about the hit and run accident should be reported to the BYU Police Department.

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