Representatives from the Oak Lawn Committee, which built and maintains the monument, were hoping Dallas police would identify the motorist, who abandoned his vehicle and fled the scene on foot.
But that has not happened, so the committee is filing a claim with its own insurance company to cover the estimated $5,000 in damage.
“We’re going to just turn it over to our insurance company and let them fight it out and try to go after the driver of the car, who may or may not be the owner of the car,” said Michael Milliken, president of the Oak Lawn Committee.
“Unfortunately when we file a claim with our insurance company, that means we have to cover the $2,500 deductible. So we’ll be looking for donations to help us pay for the $2,500 deductible. We figure it’s going to cost us $5,000 to put it back the way it was.”
Sr. Cpl. Janice Crowther, a spokesman for the Dallas Police Department, said recently that police had contacted the owner of the vehicle that was abandoned at the monument. But Crowther said the owner told police he wasn’t driving the car at the time of the accident. Crowther said police were attempting to locate a friend whom the owner said was driving the car.
To make a tax-deductible contribution to the Oak Lawn Committee’s monument fund through the nonprofit Communities Foundation of Texas, go here.
I finally tracked down a police report about the accident early Friday that damaged the Legacy of Love Monument at Oak Lawn Avenue and Cedar Springs Road. Based on the report, it appears as though the motorist who plowed through the Oak Lawn Triangle, causing extensive damage to the monument, fled the scene without leaving any information. According to a witness who called in the report at 2:28 a.m. on Friday, the motorist asked the witness to help move his vehicle off the bricks that were underneath it. The witness told the motorist that the vehicle wouldn’t move because it was “high-centered” on one of the pillars. The motorist then got back in the vehicle, identified as a dark-colored, late-model Chevy Impala or Malibu, and managed to drive off the bricks and away from the scene. The motorist told the witness that he needed to get to Las Colinas or Irving, according to the report. That’s all the information I currently have, but I’ll let you know if I hear anything more.