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Brake in the case: Cops have no record of brick-smashing Ridge crash

Brake in the case: Cops have no record of brick-smashing Ridge crash
Crash and dash: A car smashed through the yard of a Bay Ridge home in the early hours of Sunday morning. The driver fled from the scene.
Photo by Arthur De Gaeta

The investigation must have hit a wall.

A driver apparently fled the scene after plowing his ride through a Bay Ridge brick wall and residential yard early Sunday morning, but police officials say they have no record of the crash — despite photos showing patrol cars on the scene.

The guy smashed a Mercedes sport utility vehicle through a brick wall and careened over a front yard near the corner of Narrows Avenue and 78th Street around 4 am Sunday, startling locals, one neighbor said.

“I heard the crash, because it was right near my driveway,” said Theresa Filetto, who lives next door to the crash site and was jolted awake by the ruckus at 4:10 am. “I was a little frightened to go look, but when I did, I saw the car on the neighbor’s lawn and half of the tire was over on my side.”

The driver talked on the phone for nearly twenty minutes before ditching the car and disappearing from the scene, Filetto said. She thought he was contacting the police about the incident, but he was evidently gabbing to someone else — police did not respond to the scene until a half-hour after the accident when a neighbor across the street called 911, she said.

Police retreived the car at 6 pm on Sunday, Filetto said.

But cops say they have no record of the accident.

Reach reporter Lauren Gill at lgill@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her on Twitter @laurenk_gill

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