Driver Damages 5 Parked Cars in Paradise Hills, Flees

The chain reaction crash happened on Potomac Street in Paradise Hills

Residents in a Paradise Hills neighborhood were left with a huge mess when a driver damaged five cars parked along a street Thursday morning and then fled the area.

The San Diego Police Department (SDPD) said an unknown driver crashed his Ford Mustang into one car along the 5500 block of Potomac Street just before 1:30 a.m., spun out and also hit a fence. The impact caused a chain reaction, and the vehicle hit by the suspect was pushed into four other parked cars.

The driver’s car ended up in a resident’s yard and the suspect took off on foot after causing the damage. As of 6 a.m. Thursday, the suspect had not been arrested, police said.

Paradise Hills resident Norm Shoemaker told NBC 7 today was supposed to be his day off and he and his roommates had planned to go to the San Diego County Fair.

However, all of their vehicles were damaged in the incident and now they will spend the day cleaning up the mess in their yard.

“Two cars in the driveway were turned vertical from where they were at when we left,” Shoemaker explained. “And, walked into the driveway a little further, and I saw a car completely smashed into my roommate’s car.”

Shoemaker heard the commotion and ran out to see what was happening on his street. He said he saw the driver get out of his car. Shoemaker said he told him to stop, but the man ran away.

No one was injured in the incident, police said. The crash is under investigation.

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