Driver knocks out shrubs, mailboxes and power in The Landing

cmuccigrosso@lakewyliepilot.comDecember 19, 2013 

— The sound of an “explosion” overnight shocked some residents awake in the quiet Lake Wylie neighbor of The Landing, but it’s the aftermath a wreckless driver left behind that has some stunned.

Jackie Zinn, who has lived on Mill Pond Road for seven years, was cleaning up her front lawn’s battered shrubbery among strewn vehicle parts earlier this afternoon. She said at 1:07 a.m., she heard what “sounded like an explosion.” When she looked out her window to see a silver pickup truck swerving of the road and speeding away back out of the development. The driver also hit the transformer between Zinn’s yard and her neighbors, knocking out power all along the street.

“Duke responded within 30 minutes,” she said, explaining they used a crane to remove the broken old box and to replace it with a new one.

Zinn said she and other neighbors saw a silver pickup.

“We know it’s a Toyota from all the parts they left behind,” she said.

Cpl. Brian Benfield with South Caroline Highway patrol responded and said there was significant property damage.

“At this time we have an unknown vehicle that went of the road and struck mailboxes and bushes,” he said. “It’s still under investigation.”

Zinn said she’s grateful for the neighbord’s Facebook page.

“It’s been helpful,” she said, for neighbors to connect and relay information.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the state highway patrol office at 800-768-1504 or 803-366-1896.

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