Hit and Run Results in Power Outage

By: Ivette Marques
By: Ivette Marques

A hit and run accident in the Killearn Lakes area knocks out power to hundreds of people.

At around 4:30 Wednesday morning, Talquin Electric received notice that one of their power boxes had been struck by a vehicle that had left the scene. They then contacted the Leon County Sheriff's Office.

The impact of the crash was so severe that investigators say it knocked the power box off its base. Talquin estimates that around 600 people were affected by the power outage.

Talquin Electric’s Bruce Goodman says, "Our members are without power. That's the most inconvenient thing, and of course we have to call crews out at 4 o'clock in the morning to go respond. It's inconvenient. It's expensive."

According to investigators, at this point there are no leads, but there was some evidence left at the scene.

"We do have some red paint transfer on the box. We know that the vehicle was traveling west toward the Golden Eagle subdivision," said Leon County Sheriff INV Lonnie Seay.

Investigators add that the accident caused about $35,000 worth of damage and hours of man power.

"We were on the other side of town working and they gave us a call to come and switch, and I thought it was small, but evidently it wasn't; we got this here to fix, and there's a lot of work behind it," said Pike Electric’s Larry Austin.

It took a total of about 12 hours’ worth of work to get everything in working order. Investigators say it's a crime to leave the scene of an accident without reporting it. They add that whoever did this may also be looking at covering the thousands of dollars in damage.

If you have any information, call the Leon County Sheriff's Office at 850-922-3300.


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