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Leave your front bumper at Allston Street and Comm. Ave.?

Transit and Boston Police are looking for the driver of a white mini-van or station wagon who managed to slam into both a trolley and a light pole there around 1:40 p.m., leaving behind a front bumper and taking out a traffic light before somehow disengaging from the mess and speeding down Comm. Ave. towards BC.

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He probably didn't see it.

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Why didn't a light pole have lights on it, huh? Can't expect drivers to see these things in their way if they aren't lit up!

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If it was a heavy pole he might not have been able to flee the scene.

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Were the riders of the trolley wearing helmets?

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I mean, seriously, what are the chances that this was being driven by the owner or a member of his/her family?

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Yes, because proper car owners who get into accidents are always totally willing to take responsibility for their actions.

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... will report replacing the bumper. And if they're out on the road without a bumper, a cop will pull them over. So unless they're able to dump the car somewhere (thereby losing said car altogether), they're gonna be caught.

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pulled over for missing bumper? body shop reporting damage? t-cops syncing their cases w/ insurance claims?

obvious suburbanite u-hubber.

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and current H₂Otowner.

Boston police might or might not pull you over for being bumperless, but Cambridge, Somerville, Brookline, etc. will. And Staties will too. When my bumper was mangled back in the 'ville, a cop parked behind my van (minus bumper) and asked what happened. I showed him the dead bumper and told him which body shop was replacing it, and he was like, "get it towed, or drive there before 7 am. If we see you, we'll ticket you."

Given the budget crunches, I'd be surprised if patrol officers *weren't* looking for unsafe vehicles to ticket.

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That is how they caught the killer of Meghan Birdsall in Allston. Found a damaged car in a body shop.

But that was over ten years ago.

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I would imagine that a death would tend to marshal more police resources than simple property damage.

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Oops, undocumented worker. They often drive without driving licenses and wish to avoid interactions with law enforcement. This is a substantial cause of hit and run after accidents. The other is OUI, even in the middle of the afternoon. Texting while driving, reading facebook and twitter feeds other possibilities.

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Because no citizen of the Commonwealth would ever dream of driving a car without a valid license, registration and/or insurance.

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Hmmmm... coincidence?

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