Be careful out there!
Remember Sonny at the toll booth? Car in front of him backs up to block his exit? Our young people are emulating that one but, fortunately, not with Tommy guns. …
A neighbor from Prairie Hills reports this happened to her last week on S. Gammon Road, between Raymond Road and Elver Park on Madison’s far west side.
Had a little excitement tonight. On my way by Elver park in narrow lane construction [zone] the car ahead of me stopped and began to back up. I checked and there was for sure there were no lights behind me behind me so I backed up very little and very slowly and hit a car that I know now had their lights off. Lots of horn blowing.
I pulled in at police department and they followed me in. Young kid says no police need to be involved “but I gotta be paid. I’ll need $100.”
Though it was clear there was no damage, I said that we would need a police report and started to walk toward the entrance to PD [West police district station]. He got back in his car and drove away. Approximately 16-year old black kid with another in the car. Disgusting behavior. I left message with police.
From Westhaven Trails
There was a car in front of me in that same exact spot yesterday evening that passed me without lights then proceeded to brake check me. There weren’t any back plates.
A neighbor in Westhaven Trails adds
I had a car full of youth think they would stop in front of me on the entrance to the Beltline from Old Sauk Road to take my Lexus. Had to back up and essentially run the other way on the on-ramp. These people are pretty bold.
Another part of this scam is that you get out of your car to inspect damage and someone jumps into your car and takes off. Always take your keys when exiting your car. My question is what are you supposed to do in these minor fender bender situations. Police do not have the resources to respond. I’m not comfortable getting out of my car, driving from the scene is not recommended.