“It was Sunday when I was out there, but I narrowed it down to having occurred Saturday because of the rain,” Roberts said. “It had rained over the tire tracks pretty well, so I knew it had to have happened Saturday.”
The incident damaged fencing bordering the pasture which houses the city of Molena water treatment facility, Roberts said, but he emphasized that the water supply was at no time endangered.
“This water treatment facility is down a hill from where the vehicle went off the road,” Roberts said.
The impact did result in damage to fencing on the property belonging to Tim McCrary, however.
“The immediate problem for Tim was his livestock — he keeps cattle out there and he had to relocate them,” Roberts said.
Authorities say after examining parts strewn about at the scene, they have determined the vehicle which caused the property damage was a GMC Safari.
“We have the grill, one headlight, two reflectors and the windshield wiper that was attached to the back window,” Roberts said. “I thought we were looking at what appeared to be a GMC truck, but they don’t make a truck with a rear windshield wiper, so that’s how it was narrowed down to the Safari. That’s the only larger vehicle GMC makes with a windshield wiper. The determination was made largely on the grill.”
Roberts said there were no paint transfers noted on the damaged fencing materials, so he does not know what color the Safari is.
When asked if he suspects the driver may have sustained injuries in the incident, Roberts said, “Based on the amount of damage to both the front and rear of the vehicle, I find it hard to believe the driver was not injured.”
Roberts said anyone with information regarding the driver’s identity may contact him at 678-588-7832,
“What we are looking for is information to assist Mr. McCrary in recovering his losses due to his damaged property,” he said.