UPDATE: Community helps teen pay for car repairs after freak accident
Witnesses told her a box spring had fallen off of the roof of a white van onto her car. The driver took off.
WEST WARWICK, R.I. (WLNE) – UPDATE: After an overwhelming amount of donations, 16-year-old Aliyah Naseer was able to pay for the bodywork her car needed after a freak accident.
The teen received so much monetary support that she is also using the funds to donate to the West Warwick Animal shelter.
ORIGINAL: A 16-year-old girl is heartbroken after her brand new car that she had saved up thousands of dollars for by herself was damaged in a freak accident, leaving her to foot the bill.
As of Friday afternoon, Aliyah Naseer was a newly licensed driver and first time car owner.
She had saved every penny for more than a year to be able to afford to buy the car.
“I spent like $6,400 dollars on that car all by myself that I’ve saved,” said Naseer.
But her happiness and pride in herself soon turned into shock and anger when she got a knock on her door Saturday afternoon.
“I thought I parked weird, that I was blocking someone in, that’s what I thought.”
But as it turns out, the person knocking on her door told her he’d seen a white van drive by with a box spring on the roof which fell off.
The driver kept going.
“What are the odds a box spring falls from the sky onto my car?” she said.
When she went outside to see what happened she found her windshield shattered and the car roof dented in.
“I ended up seeing the box spring in my front yard first, and I was like ‘come on!'” recalled Nasser. “I immediately just started bawling my eyes out because I didn’t have this car for 24 hours yet.”
Unfortunately for Naseer, she only had liability insurance on the vehicle so she could drive it off of the lot at the dealership, and was planning on securing an insurance plan within the coming days, leaving her with thousands of dollars in damage she has to pay for.
“It’s going to be a lot more money that I’ll have to save,” she said.
Witnesses didn’t catch a license plate either but she’s hoping someone will have surveillance footage of the car in that area that afternoon.
But she also says she’s grateful because things could have gone much differently.
“I was running late and I could have been in the car when this happened and it could have been a lot worse,” said Naseer. “I just don’t know how somebody could keep driving.”
The Coventry and West Warwick community has already raised more than $1,000 through a Go-Fund-Me for Naseer.
If they ever find who did this she plans to pay it forward and donate the money to the West Warwick Animal Shelter.