Disabled Vet Involved in Hit-and-Run Accident on New Year's Eve


ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- The slick roads we've had over the last few days have been causing a lot of accidents, some of them, hit and runs. Rockford Police say there were more than 700 cases of drivers speeding off without stopping last year.

"The door won't even open. Look at that," John Falcetta said, trying to open the door on his van, recently damaged in a hit-and-run accident.

Falcetta says a truck slammed into his van and drove off.

"I can't believe anyone would be so heartless to injure someone and take off and not even bothering if anyone was injured or anybody was hurt. Just not even caring that they could have killed somebody," Falcetta said.

Falcetta, who's a disabled veteran of the Iraq war, says the accident is making back and head injuries he suffered in battle, much worse. He's now experiencing constant migraines. Falcetta believes the crash could have been much worse if his three year old daughter had been with him.

"My daughters car seat is not even six inches from where this dent is. God only knows the concussion the whip lash or whatever she could have sustained at three years old," he said.

Falcetta's still waiting to hear what his insurance will cover and if we want to avoid getting stuck with a big bill after a hit-and-run accident agents say there's a certain type of coverage we need.

"If you have collision coverage, which protects your car from an accident or if you turn it over in a ditch it’s going to pay for the damage, but they're still subject to paying their deductible," Williams-Manny Insurance Agent Raymond Olson, said.

No matter what, Falcetta hopes police catch the driver who hit him.

"Hopefully they'll do the right thing and come forward," Falcetta said.


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