A woman driving on Hancock Street in Salem received a surprise offering before the red pickup truck that backed into her rental car fled the scene during a hit-and-run Saturday night.
According to the weekend activity log of the Salem police, the woman showed up in the police station lobby shortly after 11:30 p.m. on Saturday to report the incident. She told police that as she was driving down the road when the truck backed into the vehicle she was driving from Geneva Street.
She pulled over with "moderate damage" to the right, rear quarter panel of her vehicle. The pickup truck fled the scene, but only after apparently trying to do right by the victim.
The victim told police that as she was sitting in her car, the truck pulled over further down the road, a white male in a red sweatshirt approached her passenger side window, and without saying a word "threw in $500 in cash and walked away."
The woman was unable to get a plate number for the truck.
Police could not locate a damaged red pickup in the area, but the victim did. The very same red pickup that had backed into her. According to the log, the woman called police on Sunday saying she had located the offending vehicle parked on Gardner Street, just around the corner from where the accident had occurred.
An officer was able to match taillight debris to the damaged rear-end of the truck, and will be forwarding the evidence, as well as the truck owner's information, to the responding officers for further investigation.
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