Hit & Run on my car!

So the other day I was standing in Cami’s kitchen when we heard a loud scraping sound come from outside. We soon realized the sound was that of a car driving straight in to the side of my parked car. I ran outside just in time to clearly observe a man who had been a passenger essentially move over and sit on top of the woman who was behind the wheel. He then appeared to drive the car as it sped away from the scene.

What is especially funny to me is that there were 4 witnesses is VERY plain sight of them, but they fled anyway. There actually was a 5th witness on top of that. So we easily observed the license plate number and called it in. The police came, took statements from all and then told us that the car’s owner lives behind us and they told us to call in event that the car returns.

The police then also told us that the owner was fined one month prior for driving without insurance and it appeared they remained uninsured.

So, the next day, the car returned. Cami called up the police and they went over to the house to speak with the supposed owner of the car. I’m told the man claimed that he couldn’t have been involved in an accident as he only got the car out of the impound this morning. However the damage (including transferred paint) spoke well for itself. He apparently was able to produce some kind of insurance (we’ll see if that holds up).

The police that came out today said they’d hand over the information they collected to the police officers who initially investigated the situation.

I’m led to believe that my insurance company will take care of it (possibly in part by suing the responsible party for damages) and I’m comforted by the feeling that will work out, to some degree.

What do you guys think the penalty for doing something like that ought to be?

[update]: So I just got home again to see the offending car parked across the street, in front of the house this guy lives at (as I now have verified). I’m tempted to take some pictures of his car and probably will do so.. Though the key for me is not to provoke an incident. IF the police were doing nothing, I’d be more interested in some kind of confrontation. Since they seem to be doing a great investigation, I think it’s smartest for me to help keep the case as simple as possible. Still, I’d like pictures of the whole setup.. hah, I’ll probably take some tomorrow, it’s all dark now.

Click below to be taken to my photo album with pictures of my car!

Some HypnoOrb Progress

While my latest round of HypnoOrb progress hasn’t yet resulted in another fully functional design, it’s a good step in that direction. I’ve been learning to make good use of Cadsoft’s free version of their PCB design tool called Eagle. At this point I’ve been kind of stuck on getting the path of the wires routed well. The free version of Eagle provides some routing features, but I’m told it’s best to go with some other tools, tools that I’m pretty sure cost the GDP of a small nation, or possibly continent. But fear not, this is a fairly simple board, so I think worst case I should be able to manually route it in a very awesome way…. I hope. Anyway, below’s an image of the latest layout I’ve got…

HypnoOrb Prototype MK3
HypnoOrb Prototype MK3