Video shared with Global News appears to show a grader damaging vehicles before driving away in southeast Edmonton early Thursday morning.
Kimberly Mansbridge lives in Mill Woods and woke up to find her husband’s Jeep and her Chevrolet SUV smashed into each other.
“I was shocked and I was upset, obviously, because who has money sitting around to fix it?” Mansbridge said. “And I had to work today, so that put a wrench in it.”
After discovering the damaged vehicles, she went across the street to her neighbour, who had surveillance cameras.
The video revealed that at around 3:10 a.m., the blade of a grader going east on 41 Avenue N.W. towards 66 Street caught the corner of the Chevy, pushing it into the back of the Jeep.
“I was actually really grateful he had footage because our camera didn’t pick it up, unfortunately,” Mansbridge said.
The video showed the grader backing up before continuing down the avenue, which is not one of the streets included in the seasonal parking ban that’s been in effect since Wednesday.
Mansbridge said there was no sign anyone had tried to inform her of the damage, so she called the City of Edmonton. Mansbridge said the person she spoke with had no idea the hit and run had happened.
She also called Edmonton police. Officers stopped by her home and according to Mansbridge, the collision is being investigated as a hit and run.
Mansbridge has yet to find out how much the damage will cost to fix. Adding to the frustration — Mansbridge said her street didn’t even get plowed.
The City of Edmonton spokesperson said all operators and contractors working for the city are required to report collisions “immediately to a City of Edmonton supervisor,” and in this case, it appears the collision was not reported.
“We are working to ascertain the details of the incident and are fully co-operating with EPS in their investigation,” Zak Fairbrother said in a statement.
On Jan. 31, Fairbrother confirmed it was not a city employee nor a city-owned grader that was involved in the collision. He explained city-owned graders have GPS and the city was able to review the GPS data on the street where the collision occurred over that night and confirmed there were no city-owned graders in that area at the time.