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Driver plows through couple's fence into their backyard and takes off

Police responded to hit-and-run call around 4 a.m.
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Posted at 10:56 PM, Mar 18, 2019

TAMPA, Fla. — Tampa Police responded to hit-and-run call around 4:00 a.m. on Saturday.

The homeowner said someone plowed through their two fences into their backyard, turned their truck around and left.

"We heard the screeching tires and usually then you hear a car accident. We were kind of waiting for that, but we heard more of breaking," said Betheny Mather.

Tampa Police responded to a call of a hit-and-run with property damage. Tampa Police does not have any leads.

"We don't have a license plate number. We don't have anything on camera that give us an defining factors. They said the best way to find out what happened is kind of just to talk to our neighbors," said Mather.

Mather said she posted on a community Facebook page about the hit-and-run. It happened on East Hanna Avenue. Officers observed fence damage and tire marks in the grass.

"I have to assume they were probably under the influence," said Mather.

Mather said the fences will cost more than $600 to fix, but she's more concerned about why that person was driving.

"They had the disregard for property or safety. It was dark out. We often sit back in our fire pit and our dog wakes up in the middle of the night and we take him for a walk out here. The fact that he could have hit someone or she could have hit someone and just driven off without taking responsibility. It's hard to be reminded that not everyone has that regard for safety and property as many do," said Mather.

Tampa Police have not located any surveillance video from neighbors. Mather is asking her neighbors to check their cameras.

She believes it was likely a black or dark colored Dodge Ram pickup involved in the crash. She located the truck's side mirror in her backyard.