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Tampa man finds his car destroyed after parking on neighborhood street

Tampa Police say someone hit the car and took off
Posted at 10:12 PM, Mar 06, 2019

TAMPA, Fla. — A homeowner in Seminole Heights said his car was destroyed after parking it on the street.

"It really sucks. I feel like I'm doing a good job holding it together, but it really sucks," said Marc Papy.

Papy said he paid $2,400 for a Honda Accord about a month ago. On Tuesday morning, he woke up to find the car destroyed. He said the person who hit his vehicle did not leave a note or an explanation.

"I'm really dumbfounded that you can do something and your first instinct is to run away," said Papy.

Tampa Police said officers responded to a hit-and-run call on Tuesday on North Ola Avenue in Tampa.

Papy said he is not sure if insurance will cover the cost since he did not have it registered on his insurance policy. Officers told him he may have a grace period.

Police have not located any surveillance video showing the vehicle involved. Papy said he did not hear anything.

"I went to bed around 12:30 a.m. and I sleep like a rock, very heavy sleeper. I didn't hear anything. My dog did not bark," said Papy.

Papy located two pieces which he thinks belongs to the vehicle that hit him. He believes it may be a black truck.

"The only parts of the car I found were part of the grill off the front," said Papy.

Papy said he's now relying on friends to take him to work.

"It was a nice car. I liked it. It had leather seats, sun roof, AC. In Florida, you need that. Now I don't have that," said Papy.