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Car flattens garage in Athens

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    A garage in Athens was destroyed last week in an apparent hit-and-run.
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    A garage in Athens was destroyed by a hit-and-run, police said.
June 25, 2019 10:01 pm

ATHENS — State police are investigating a hit-and-run crash that destroyed a 64-year-old residential garage and narrowly missed a neighbor while she slept in her nearby bedroom.

The incident occurred at around 1 a.m. June 16 on Howard Hall Road, state police said.

There were no witnesses to the crash, state police said. No injuries were reported.

The report was called in by Luke Weiler of Athens, whose mother, Jacqueline Goddeau, owns the property, state police Public Information Officer Steven Nevel said Tuesday.

“Weiler returned home at 5:30 a.m. and found the garage had been destroyed overnight while he was gone,” Nevel said. “A neighbor heard a crash around 1 a.m. but saw nothing outside.”

Weiler said the crash wiped out the garage and was a close call for his neighbor.

“It’s just insane it happened and I’m glad they didn’t drive 10 feet to the left when they came through the fence or they would have went through my neighbor’s bedroom and killed her in her sleep,” Weiler said in a statement.

“If I was home and my car was in that garage or in front of the fence where I normally park, my neighbor would be dead,” Weiler said.

Evidence from the crash left at the scene allowed state police investigators to get some idea of the make and model of the vehicle, Nevel said.

The vehicle police are searching for is believed to be a GMC Envoy manufactured between 2002 and 2009, Weiler said. General Motors discontinued production of the Envoy in 2009, according to Cars.com.

Weiler is unsure that even with this information, the culprit will be caught, he said.

“I’m not sure justice will be served,” he said.

Photos Weiler posted online of the scene appeared to show a broken headlight from a black vehicle.

The garage was built in 1955, according to Greene County property records.