East Price Hill homeowner upset after catching 2nd driver hitting parked cars
EAST PRICE HILL, Ohio (WKRC) - Home surveillance video shows a driver slamming into parked cars on Mt. Hope Avenue in East Price Hill last Saturday.
A husband and wife were home at the time and their cars were parked outside. The victim asked us not identify him, but he's frustrated. The driver who hit his vehicle has a history of driving with a suspended license, according to records on the Hamilton County Clerk of Courts website.
Also, the surveillance video appears to show a cell phone in the hand of the driver.
The victim said, "Yeah, after I heard the crash, I was a little angry since this was the second time in three years that this has happened."
In 2015, the family's cameras show a woman slamming into the homeowners' cars. In that instance, other people arrive appearing to help the female driver clean up the car.
The victim described what he saw on the video.
"Here they are wiping fingerprints off the car, spraying water that's on the blood that's on the street," he said.
The driver leaves and left her car in the middle of the street horizontally. However, court records show she only paid a citation for failure to control her vehicle.
Attorney Hal Arenstein says changes in some laws have made it easier for people to keep driving with bad records.
"There are instances in which people are charged with what are called minor misdemeanors, which in the past would've been first degree misdemeanors, which would've carried up to six months. These minor misdemeanors only carry a penalty of a fine," Arenstein explained. "When I first started practicing law and we had a lot more jail space, it was not uncommon for people to receive significant sentences if they were multiple offenders for not having driver's licenses."
For the victims, knowing that people can continue to put others at risk is upsetting.
"They know that nothing's going to happen to them, so why do they care? They're just going to get back in the car tomorrow," the victim said. "The next time it might be you or your kids. So you never know."
The first driver in 2013 did have insurance, but the victim says the driver's insurance wasn't enough to cover the bill for repairs to both vehicles, which was more than $20,000.
The second driver was operating another person's car and the victim says, to the best of his knowledge, the owner has not provided proof of insurance to police as of yet.
The victim says this time his estimate to fix both vehicles is more than $12,000.