Report Filed: Combs Construction Company Kiewit Construction, Sundt Construction Damaged Vehicle, S.R. 101, ADOT Project # H745601C, HOV Lane Construction, Phoenix, Arizona!!
On 7/30/2011, at about 3:45pm I was heading north on SR101 in the west side nearing the Bell Road Exit in the outer lane in my just purchased 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT-8 392 Hemi that was only 5 weeks old and had about 1800 miles on it. I was minding my own business traveling about 55-60mph. There was very little traffic, when from my left I see a pickup truck coming from the middle area of the road and swerves in front of me. While this would normally not be a problem except this time he had just come from working in the construction area and was dropping all kinds of debris, and wet sand. A large portion o this debris blasted the front of my brand new challenger damaging the following: – Hood – Windshield – HID Headlights – Turn Signals – Front Grille – Front Fascia – Fog LightsThe damage chipped the paint in several areas, put chips in the front window, chipped up the hood, chipped and left the surface of the front fascia rough, dinged the HID, Fog, and Turn Signal lights.All in all the damages were over $6,000!!!! Because the car was so new, and of limited production I had the car appraised for loss of value by Auto Loss Appraisals a well known source of damage appraisals. They determined that the vehicle with this type of damage and its limited production status would have a loss in value more then $9400.00. Back to what happened, after the damage occurred I had 2 choices: – Chase him down, and risk further damage to his vehicle, and potentially create a unfriendly incident. – Get as much detail off the vehicle as I could and follow up with the company and their insurance later. I knew the DPS would not do anything because the guy would have been long gone by the time they arrived which is typically 45+ minutes, so I opted to get as much info from the vehicle as I could and then reach out to the company and hope they are a stand up type of organization and have a worthwhile insurance company who will take care of the damages created by their inconsiderate driver.I was able to get from the vehicle the the following: – Type (not make), I referred to it as F250/F350 Service Vehicle – Color (White/Off White) – Logo on side of truck, with Arizona Flag style and Words “Combs Construction Arizona”” – Back of truck had some custom type racking/service vehicle type look to it. – On the drivers side box/rack area near the cab there was a Blue Welder attached. – Center box area was full of unsecured cardboard boxes. – License plate was obscured.The vehicle was this type of Construction Service Truck (keep in mind my best view was from the rear). Like This Picture