Driver takes off after damaging newly renovated OKC district

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Oklahoma City Police responded to a crash Tuesday night that damaged a recently renovated part of Oklahoma City. The driver of a truck that crashed at the intersection of 39th and Penn took off from the scene.

The wild wreck was caught on camera.

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Nearby businesses recorded the driver barreling through the intersection, wiping out light poles, street signs, and trees. The driver then swerved across the street and crashed into a chain link fence.

“I just heard a loud boom,” said Nestor Garcia, owner of Los Amigos Tire Shop near the intersection. “I see a pickup truck hit two poles.”

Garcia said he rushed over the check on the driver.

“I couldn’t really understand what he was saying. It was like mumbling,” said Garcia.

The tire shop owner said he told the man to call police and a tow truck, but Garcia said the driver got back in his vehicle and drove away.

Cell phone video from an employee at Pride Cannabis also captured the moments after the crash.

“He took out everything,” said the employee. “He’s still trying to get out.”

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Oklahoma City Police showed up after the driver managed to free himself from the fence and get away.

The driver left behind damage to a newly renovated area of the 39th Street District, an LGBTQIA+ neighborhood. The city recently spent $3 million on a beautification project to the area.

It’s a project 39th Street District President Craig Poos has worked on for 10 years.

“It kind of hurts my heart because, you know, we did work so hard. We made it a wonderful place,” said Poos.

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The district said the crash destroyed at least eight trees, caused significant damage to the sprinkler system, wiped out streetlights and poles, tore down parking signs, and damaged 15 feet of chain-link fence at Penn Auto, a nearby business.

The manager of Penn Auto told News 4 her family poured concrete and installed the fence 10 years ago by themselves. She said the business didn’t have the manpower to do the job themselves a second time around.

She also said they didn’t have the money to hire someone to replace the damaged fence. So far, the driver has not been identified and no arrests have been made in the case.

“People need to be held accountable. I mean, accidents happen, but you’ve got to own up to it and you know pay for your actions,” said Poos.

If you have any information on the crash, contact the OKC Crime Stoppers at 800-632-TIPS.

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