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Caught on video: 'Hit-and-push' crash into home

Posted at 4:08 PM, Feb 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-18 21:04:47-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Surveillance video caught a car smashing into a garage belonging to a retired Marine before stalling.

In an alley near 49th Street and Date Street, something loud greeted the quiet morning on Saturday.

Paul McQuigg discovered his caved-in garage door that afternoon, before watching his Ring video. Just before 6:15 a.m., a car is seen driving through the alley, before pulling forward into a neighbor's driveway and backing up towards McQuigg's garage.

A loud crashing noise is then heard, before the car pulls forward. The motion-activated camera stops recording.

Fast forward about an hour and a half to the next video clip. The same car is still there, and in a karmic twist, it appears stalled. The driver gets out and tries to push it. He's soon joined by his passenger, and together, they manage to push it down the alley and out of the camera's range.

"It's poetic they thought they'd make a quick getaway, and they weren't able to," said McQuigg.

The driver didn't leave a note. McQuigg, a retired Marine who suffered serious tongue and jaw from an IED blast in Iraq, says he's disappointed by the lack of anything resembling honor.

"I was hoping a responsible individual would come forward and say, 'Hey, this is what happened.' But rather than that, they decide to hide out and run away as fast as they could. Just disgusted," said McQuigg.

The repair bill will be about a $1,000, which is the amount of his deductible.

If you have any information on the case, call San Diego Police at 619-531-2000.