Hit-and-run driver leaves behind heap of clues

Posted at 5:40 PM, Dec 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-16 21:06:42-05

SAN DIEGO - A Pacific Beach man is on a mission to find out who caused a heap of damage on his front doorstep.

Josh Askin is still in disbelief that it happened. Police knocked on his door during Friday's wee hours and told him someone crashed into his fence.

"I just didn't think it was even a possibility," he said.

His once sturdy fence is now splintered like toothpicks. A metal post that held it up is now folded like paper, and his Toyota Prius is shoved against the wall of his home.

"I would assume you have to be going pretty fast," he said.

There weren't any cameras pointed at Askin's back alley spot, which a hit-and-run driver plowed into early Friday morning. The driver left more than carnage in his driveway -- the plastic Infiniti logo from the front bumper, men's deodorant and part of a silver fender.

The driver barely missed a power pole, which is just feet from Askin's one-year-old daughter's bedroom.

"He must have missed that by inches," Askin said.

San Diego police took pictures of the evidence, and they are asking anyone with information to call them or Crime Stoppers. They told Askin to let them handle the search.

"I disregarded that and drove around from 2 to 4 in the morning, looking for a silver Infiniti," he said.

Askin said he wasn't going to confront the driver, but he wanted to get the license plate. He said he's frustrated because he just got his pickup truck back after a different driver plowed into it when it was parked in front of his house.

"I've been in two accidents in one month and I haven't been in the car for either," he said.

Now, Askin said he'll give anyone with information leading to the arrest a $1,000 reward.

"It's probably going to cost me $1,000 to get this fixed. I would rather pay someone $1,000 to find out who did it," he said.

And with the clues left behind, it may only be a matter of time before it's all pieced together.