The following thank-you was submitted by Waterford resident Traci Pagano:
I was with my husband Thursday afternoon coming home from work around 1. We were on Douglas Lane in Waterford going towards Vauxhall St.
When we were coming around a sharp corner, there was a white SUV coming down the street going way too fast and the driver had lost control of his or her vehicle. It came down the wrong side of the street, up the embankment (I think it hit the telephone pole) and then smashed into the rear-quarter of the passenger-side of my mini van. (Yes, the passenger side, we were going opposite directions. It shows how out-of-control he or she was).
After that the SUV took off. Never stopped.
I called 911 and pulled into a nearby house and waited for police. Minutes later they were there. They made sure we were okay and went to see if they could find the SUV, but no luck.
After taking information from us, my husband and I were leaving and our van got stuck in the snow of the driveway of this house. The two police officers stayed to help push us out, and then two local plow drivers came and shoveled, salted and also helped push us out.
I just want to say thank you so much to the Waterford Police Department and the Waterford Public Works Department for going out-of-their-way and well-beyond what all of them needed to do. I am so mad that there are people that will hit-and-run and not care if anyone is hurt.
I have two small kids and thank goodness they were not there, because the SUV would have hit my baby’s side. I hope the person turns himself or herself in or is found. I am also just so touched that others REALLY CARE about people and use their kindness.