Woman faces $6K in repair bills after Dominion utility wire falls onto car

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.

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“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.

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