Friday, July 11, 2008

A Near Tragedy in Rochester, New York

The following is lovingly lifted from the blog From The Mind of Abouna;

And is a horrifying recount of a crime on his person, one that may be coming soon to us all (all emphasis below mine). Beware of gasoline thieves and worse, like the creep(s) who vandalized Father Gregori's car, last week:

[...] I would like to relate to you a harrowing experience I had this passed Thursday (July 3rd) as I was on my way to pick up some of my grandkids for a weekend of fishing and viewing fire works.

It all began at 9:00 am on Thursday morning. I drove to my bank to make a small withdrawal of my meager funds, and then hit the expressway to make the 12 mile drive to my son’s home to pick up my grandkids. Munchkin (his pet) assumed her usual position in my lap with her head sticking out the window, enjoying the sights and smells.

I was driving along at roughly 55 mph, when suddenly; the front of my car began to shake violently, making it almost impossible to control the steering. Then I began to hear an unusual noise coming from the driver’s side front wheel, and at the same time, the steering problem became worse. As I looked for a safe spot to pull over, I was able to reduce my speed to 10 -15 mph, which made the noise coming from the wheel even louder.

The next thing I knew, a car pulled up alongside me, matching my speed and the woman in the passenger side frantically pointed to my wheel and shouted for me to pull off the road right away. I finally managed to do so, and as I shut off the engine, I began to smell a very strong odor of gasoline.

When I stepped out of the car, I saw the front driver’s side wheel cocked at a slightly unnatural angle and a huge puddle of gasoline forming under my car under the gas tank. The folks who warned me, called a tow truck for me and I had the vehicle towed to my son’s shop. He discovered that someone removed two lug nuts from the wheel and loosened the rest of them. The wheel was barely hanging on when I pulled off the road, but that wasn’t all, there were two holes punched into my gas tank. So, even though I can’t really afford it, I have to spend much of Monday searching for a used gas tank, in good condition so that my son can install it for me. He also has to replace the rim on the car because there was a good bit of damage done to the original one.

I ended up having to borrow a car from my son in order not to disappoint my grandkids. I made out a police report, but it is highly doubtful that they will find the culprit(s). They do know that it was done at the apartment complex where I live (saw gasoline on the ground beneath where I park, but none of my neighbors saw anything, which leads us to believe that it was done sometime between 2:30 am and 6:30 am on Thursday, as I usually go to bed around 2:15 am and don’t get up until 7:45 am.

I have to thank the Lord for riding with Munchkin and I, and I am thankful that my grandkids weren’t in the car at the time. This whole situation could have turned out to be tragic. One has to wonder just what the hell goes on in the minds of people who would do something like this.
I was able to give my grandkids an enjoyable weekend, but I don’t mind telling you that I am still shaken up.

I know that certainly, I speak for all Abouna's and my decent, fellow bloggers, friends in saying how contemptible this theft, this crime, this attempted murder is.

This makes me shake with anger.

Likewise, our thankfulness that no one was injured that Thursday morning in Rochester.
And again likewise, that the little monsters who did this to his automobile are soon arrested and convicted.

Let this brave man's incident be a lesson to us all, that in this time of skyrocketing gasoline prices and economic uncertainty, we must all be wary of desperate lowlifes, as Father Gregori encountered.
I am so glad he survived safely. And that he thought enough of the rest of us to share this abhorrent, despicable, and sadly advisory event.


Jungle Mom said...

Ok! I am mad!!! I want to rant!!

Annqyeune anecimemmudaje ede?!?!?!

It's safer for me to rant in Ye'kwana!

Abouna said...

Thank you for posting this. I have been unable to locate a used gas tank for my car, and since a new one is a bit more than I can afford at this time, my car will just have to sit in the parking lot. I can only put less than a quarter of a tank of gas in it at a time otherwise it leaks like heck. So since I can't put much gas in it, I just don't go anywhere.

Everybody needs to check their vehicles carefully before driving off. There are some real crazies out there.

The Localmalcontent said...

Why don't you email me Abouna, with the type car, and size of gastank, all the pertinant details, and I'll have a go at finding one.