Van wild - third-party liaison

Carol is hoping to be united with a woman called Eli who witnessed a dinking. She says:

One evening last month someone crashed into our car with a tow bar while it was parked on Cranfield road, and left the scene quickly. The damage amounted to quite a few hundreds of pounds. 

A good Samaritan (testifying how nice people are in Brockley) left us a note through our door on Cranfield Road saying that she saw the crash, and wrote down the number plate of the fleeing silver van – she signed the note as Eli but she didn’t leave her number. 

The silver van owner was later identified by our insurance but unfortunately he denies having caused the damage although admits driving the van. He is not a resident, but a regular commuter into Brockley and his silver van is regularly parked around the station. 

Our insurance company would like to speak to the nice lady who left the message. Unfortunately the note was not sufficient to convince the other party insurance to accept responsibility. After all, they cunningly claim that, without a witness one cannot be sure. 

If any of your readers named Eli remembers seeing the accident on the evening of the 22nd February 2012 at about 8.15pm and leaving us a note, could you please get in contact? All we require is that you speak briefly to our insurance on the phone to tell them what they saw.

If Eli reads this and wants to help, please email BC and we'll connect you with Carol.

15 comments:

kolp said...

Is the SECentral Brockley forum not working?

Anonymous said...

This happended to me once too - but it turns out the offender just chose my car number plate and said it was me that caused the damage rather than them! People see a note being left and assume they are doing the right thing!

Anonymous said...

That's what bumpers are for.

Anonymous said...

If you are saying the tow bar crashed into your car, would that be indicated by the height, type of damage caused?

Does the other vehicle have a tow bar, if it does could it have forensic evidence that it made contact with your vehicle ie paint?

Then there's the possibility of CCTV.

Anonymous said...

CCTV is rarely used for such minor disputes.

Do the math, how much would it cost to pay someone to sit through looking at all the footage with no guarantee of success?

Anonymous said...

Why be so negative, are you white van man?

I assume it is roughly known when the accident happened, which may narrow the search down considerably.

As you have so much time on your hands to read & contibute to this forum...maybe you could offer to sift through any for free?

Or is that too neighbourly?

Anonymous said...

Maths it has a 's'

Anonymous said...

'an', it has an n

Anonymous said...

Maybe so, but one is a typo, the other is bad grammar

Tamsin said...

@ Anon 14.05 - not of you're American...

Doctissimus said...

Again we have the petard hoist the pedant to which it belongs.

Anonymous said...

'if' has an 'o' and no 'i'

Doctissimus said...

...to whom it belongs...thousand apologies.

Doctissimus said...

And 16:08, that, too, is wrong.

Anonymous said...

Yes, you should maintain a positive attitude.

Call Lewisham Police station and ask if their CCTV cameras caught the miscreant in the act.

I am sure you will find them pleased to tell you how they can help in this matter.

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