So the other day my friend Christine was driving me home after playing racquetball at Brockport and then going to Eastview mall, and as she goes to slow down for a red light some jerk rear ends her car right by the Stutson Bridge Plaza (which is less than a half mile from the border between the city and Irondequoit). The light had turned green right as she was hit and the car in front of her was moving, so we pulled forward a little bit to turn into this outlet to check everything out. As we pull in there, the jack ass guns it and pulls away. Of course, a chase to at least get his license plate number ensued. Unfortunately, said jack ass had too much of a head start that he was able to pull into an apartment complex where we lost him.
We then decided to park in the plaza to check out the car. She has a very old Honda Civic with a great deal of wear and tear on the vehicle. It’s possible that the accident further loosened her bumper, but if so it was only marginally looser. Just to play it safe, Christine decided to call the cops. She specifically told the dispatcher that no damage occurred, but she still sent a cop out to check. Once hearing that someone was being sent out, I commented on us having a long wait. From prior history, the city has shown it takes 45 minutes to get down to Charlotte, even when something like a shooting occurs, so something of lower priority like this should take that long or longer. Fortunately for us, I had forgotten that the side of the lake that she had her accident on is considered part of Irondequoit and not the city. It only took them 20 minutes for a cop to arrive, and we believe that we had seen him pass by the plaza once before, so if he was more astute (this is not a dig at said cop) it would have been less time. The officer told her that since there was no damage, there was no accident (which is bull, something did happen) and since we did not have a license number, there was nothing that could be done about the guy taking off. Sucktacular.
All of that said, I have to commend Irondequoit for having a response time that is less than half of the time it would have taken someone from the city to get there. And this is comparing a low priority situation response time to a higher priority situations’ response time! Hopefully the city can get their act together soon.