KANSAS CITY, MO. – While snow plow drivers are still working to clear roads, two Kansas Citians claim one of the plows hit their truck and trailer and caused damage in the process.
Da’Juan Hill woke up Saturday morning to find that his truck on South Benton Avenue was damaged.
“I had to work today so I think I have to do this today,” said Hill. “I’m trying to fix a tire.”
In addition to the flat tire, the driver’s side mirror of the truck was defective and the truck is leaking oil.
Hill’s ring camera captured the episode around 4:30 a.m. It does not show the incident itself, but shortly afterwards when a plow cart returned and Hill went outside to brief the driver of what had happened.
“I was angry. I couldn’t breathe. I couldn’t understand why he wouldn’t stop,” Hill said.
Hill’s friend Nikole Dunn said she saw what happened.
“It was moved repeatedly so he knew he was doing it, he was trying to get this off his vehicle,” she said. “It was obvious.”
Across the street, the back of Maurice Birdwell’s trailer was torn apart and moved a few feet.
“I got out of here and saw all this wood and stuff broken, like here, like all this damage,” said Birdwell, “and I’m like what the hell happened?”
When such accidents happen, Kansas City, Missouri, Public Works urges people to file a claim with the city online or in person. The Legal Department will investigate the claim and make a formal decision on who is to blame.
Now, Hill and Birdwell have done costly damage and are surprised that the person who did it didn’t stop talking to someone or leaving a note.
“If I met someone in an accident, I’ll leave a note, it’s just a human thing,” Birdwell said. “If the city does that, it’s worse because you’re supposed to be more accountable.”
Hill had similar thoughts.
“If you hit someone, at least write a note,” said Hill. “It’s pretty much a hit and run.”
According to the KCMO Public Works, if there is an incident involving a city vehicle, there is a reporting policy that the employee will notify their manager and generate a report.
According to the city’s website, during major snow events, residents may be asked to park vehicles off-street if the snow depth exceeds two inches. However, if you do need to park on the street, the city will ask you to park on the west side of the north-facing streets, and south and on the north side of the east and west-facing streets.