A crash in the Orscheln Farm & Home parking lot has led to a felony charge against a Washington man.
Douglas G. Cosby, 56, was charged in Franklin County Associate Circuit Court March 7 with one felony count of leaving the scene of an accident and causing damage of more than $1,000. He was also charged with a misdemeanor for failing to have insurance for his vehicle.
Washington police were called to Orscheln Farm & Home after the victim reported their vehicle was struck by another car at around 1:11 p.m. Jan. 27.
Police reviewed surveillance video at Orscheln Farm & Home and found the damage was caused by a 2001 Dodge Dakota. The truck had backed out of a parking spot and struck the parked vehicle.
According to the video, the truck struck the car and the driver left the scene without stopping or contacting police.
The truck and the parked car were both damaged. The parked vehicle had estimated repair costs of more than $1,000.
Officers determined the license plate number of the truck and found that it was owned by Cosby. Officers said the man in the surveillance video driving the truck appeared to be the same person pictured in Cosby’s driver’s license in the state system.
Police said surveillance footage indicated Cosby was aware he had hit the parked car.
On Jan. 29, police located the truck parked on a street. The officer said it matched the one seen in the video.
Cosby told police he had stopped “just short” of striking the parked car. He said if he made contact, he would have stopped.
The officer noticed Cosby’s truck was damaged and had been freshly painted. Cosby told the officer the truck had numerous damaged spots and he painted it to keep it from rusting.
Later, on Feb. 3, Cosby informed police his insurance had been canceled and he was not covered as previously stated. He also admitted he had struck the parked vehicle, police said.