RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – A Richmond woman is stuck with more $6,000 in auto repair bills after a utility wire fell onto her truck in late April. Dominion Virginia Power admitted the wire is their equipment, but refuses to foot the bill.
Jennifer Lennon was passing a utility pole on Carnation Street, when out of nowhere a support wire fell onto her brand new truck. The wire took off her driver-side mirror, cracking her windshield and scratching the hood.
The damage will take more than $6,000 to repair. The wiring belongs to dominion Virginia power, but the company says the falling equipment was out of its control.
“We don’t have control over everything with regard to our assets with our poles and our wires,” explained David Botkins, a Dominion spokesman. “So there are times where ultimately we’re not necessarily responsible for it.”
The company told 8News they believe something struck the wire to make it come loose- possibly an overhead truck, lightning, or a tree limb. Lennon’s insurance will cover most of the damage, leaving her to pay a $500 deductible before she can get her truck back.