Almost three and a half months ago a dude from Texas (in his nineties) backed into the drivers door of my truck, and drove away without even getting outta his truck and looking.
The door is badly smashed, with the bottom and the top of the door peeled away from the door jamb. During my morning work commute I'm dealing with teens and single digit temperatures rushing around my door. I've tried to apply weatherstripping to little avail.
When it first happened the Marshal asked me if I wanted to press "hit and run" charges. I told the Marshal to talk to him first, if he was gonna be friendly and helpful, not to press charges.
He convinced the marshal he was gonna work with us, BUT he let the Marshal call for more than a month before the marshal got ahold of him, he let me call for about three weeks (never returning my calls) before I got ahold of him, and now I find he told his insurance that he did no damage to my truck and the claim is in dispute!
I got some legal advice, and was told that if I press hit and run charges and wait for him to get busted then I can go to small claims court and have a civil judgement made against his insurance company. I was told that all I would need is the papers from the criminal charges, the accident report, and either pictures of my truck, or my truck out in the parkinglot for the judge to look at. I was told that NM small claims court judges tend to not let the insurance company even talk about civil charges once there has been a bust on criminal charges.
I'm the one who got screwed here. So, why is this all making me feel so creepy? I don't wanna get some old dude in his 90's busted on criminal charges!
I have an appointment with the Marshal tomorrow evening... maybe he can call the old dude and talk some sense into him.