Registered blind man says driver smashed his car, checked the damage, and drove off without saying a word

David Smith and partner Joanne Jackson are appealing for people with information on how their car got damamged to come forward.
David Smith and partner Joanne Jackson are appealing for people with information on how their car got damamged to come forward.
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A registered blind man from Northampton has launched an appeal for the culprit who smashed into his car before driving off on Wednesday, to come forward.

David Smith, who works in the control room of Northamptonshire Police, said his bright yellow Nissan Juke which he receives as part of the government Motability scheme, was left with a crumpled front-left axle.

The damage caused to David Smith's car after the incident on Wednesday, March 18.

The damage caused to David Smith's car after the incident on Wednesday, March 18.

His partner, Joanne, who drives the car regularly as Mr Smith has severe sight problems, had parked the vehicle outside Newland House on Newland in Northampton at around 5pm in Wednesday.

But when she returned to the vehicle half-an-hour later the car had been shunted around five feet and was severely damaged.

Mr Smith said: “Joanne was so upset, if the guy had stopped and exchanged details, we could have resolved all this through insurance.”

He added: “We loved that car, it has got lots of character and it is designed because Joe does most of the driving. It’s bright yellow so I can find it in the car park. It just suits all our needs.”

The Nissan Juke, which David Smith has under the Motability scheme.

The Nissan Juke, which David Smith has under the Motability scheme.

Mr Smith said witnesses told him afterwards that they believed the damage was caused by a pick up truck.

“The lady who witnessed it said the bang it made was so loud she thought the bus station had been blown up again,” he added.

And according to this witness, the person who collided with Mr Smith’s car actually got out of their vehicle to check the damage, before driving off anyway.

Mr Smith said the car could take weeks to get repaired and says he had only had the vehicle for four months.

He has vowed to make a full report to the police.

If anyone witnessed the incident or can assist with details, call the police on 101.