Los Gatos High School student Friday night after the football scrimmage against San Mateo in the senior parking lot.Los Gatos/Monte Sereno police are on the lookout for the driver of a white vehicle who hit the car of a 16-year-old
According to Los Gatos resident Nicky Mcallister, her son was alone sitting behind the wheel of his parked brown 2004 Nissan Armada car when a white vehicle swung
out of the senior lot and struck the front of the driver's side.
Her son's friend was opening a back passenger door during the incident
to retrieve a backpack and, luckily, was not hit, Mcallister said.
The woman said based on her son's account, the driver reversed and then drove
away at speed.
The youth, who's a junior at LGHS, did not see the driver of the medium-sized vehicle or get the license plate but
the car will have sustained damage to the front passenger side since it
caused considerable damage to her son's fender, she explained.
person responsible for this accident knows who they are and no doubt
his or her parents will have seen damage to their car, too. I am hoping
that they will do the right thing and come forward to pay for the
repairs to our vehicle," Mcallister said.
Luckily nobody was hurt, although her son was very shaken to have someone crash into him, "but the person
who drove away from this accident needs to take ownership for his or her
actions," she said.
"If you are responsible enough to drive a vehicle then you also
have to accept responsibility for what you do behind the wheel of that
vehicle," she added.
Mcallister said, fortunately, the family has comprehensive insurance on the car, but is sharing the details of the crime with Los Gatos Patch because she firmly believes that any individual who drives a vehicle needs to be responsible for their actions.
And although covered by insurance, Mcallister said the accident, if claimed by the family will increase their premiums and they'll have to pay the deductible, which is about $500.
"I have a big issue with the kid or whoever it was just driving off and not stopping at the scene," she said. "I would rather they pay all that than I."
Mcallister met this morning with Los Gatos/Monte Sereno police officer Kimbal Stanley at the Police Operations Building on Los Gatos Boulevard to file a report.
She said police will keep an eye out for a white car with damages and informed her that LGHS doesn't have any surveillance cameras in the parking lot.
"He (the police officer) wasn't hopeful ... but I have written to the principal to tell him what happened and make him aware," Mcallister said.
"If they had cameras there, it would have been great. We would have been able to see who did this.
"If it is someone from San Mateo, there's not a lot of hope of finding them, but if it is someone from Los Gatos, I'm hoping that if he drove home and parked on his driveway and the parents saw the damage on his car, that they're going to ask him what he did and they're going to make him take ownership of that, but who knows."
Mcallister said she has a daughter attending R.J. Fisher Middle School and has lived in Los Gatos for 13 years.
"It could have been a very different story if someone would have been standing there. I worry about someone who's going to just drive off and not wait to see if they hurt someone," she said.