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Car Strikes, Knocks Over Fire Hydrant, Mailbox: Brecksville Police Blotter

The following information was supplied by the Brecksville Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

The following incident was reported by the Brecksville Police Department on Nov. 18. The information was compiled from a police report.

A Brecksville man in the 11000 block of Chippewa Road reported Nov. 18 his mailbox was knocked down. The man said his mailbox has been been hit by motorists several times. 

This time, the fire hydrant roughly 30 feet away from the man’s driveway was also hit. Completely severed, in fact, and landed about 22 feet away from the base. Given the weight of the hydrant, the officer estimated the vehicle was driving at a high speed at the time of impact.

The officer found a single line of tire tracks on the grassy edge of the road, indicating the driver had been heading eastbound. 

The tire tracks show that the driver veered up over the curb onto the grass and drove parallel with the road before the right front fender/headlight struck the hydrant and then the mailbox. Car parts scattered on the driveway seem to indicate the car was painted white. 

The Brecksville Fire Department went to the home to retrieve the fire plug, which did not need immediate repair. The department estimated a replacement hydrant will cost $3,000. 

The man’s mailbox cost about $60.

Everybody makes mistakes—even us! If there's something in this article that you think should be corrected, or if something else is amiss, give Local Editor Rachel Abbey McCafferty a ring at 440-292-7245 or shoot her an email at rachel.abbey@patch.com.

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