EXCLUSIVE: A Co-Operative food delivery lorry was stopped by Police on Friday after smashing into a parked car in Ryde without realising.
In the second incident involving one of the company’s lorries on the Island this month, the driver, for reasons unknown, turned left down St Thomas’ Street in the town without realising that the attached trailer had scraped down the passenger side of a parked Red Citroen C1, causing serious damage to the door.
Island Echo reader, Jake Jarrold, sent in this picture showing a close-up of the damage after being left amazed that the delivery driver simply drove off.
Officers from the Island’s Roads Policing Unit happened to witness the incident as they were travelling along Lind Street on the cold and wet evening of last Friday and stopped the driver.
In a statement released to Island Echo today, a Co-operative Group spokesperson said: “We can confirm that a Co-operative Group food distribution vehicle was involved in an incident with an unoccupied, parked car in Ryde on the Isle of Wight.
“Police officers, who were behind the vehicle at the time, spotted the incident and informed the driver, who was unaware that he had made contact with the car when turning into a side street. However, after routine checks, the officers allowed the driver to proceed and no further action was taken. We are liaising with the police in order to trace the owner of the parked car.”
Island Echo understand that the owner of the vehicle was enjoying an evening in The Wight Rock Bar at the time of the incident.
The vehicle was recovered by 24 hour recovery specialists D.H. Price (pictured).
As reported on the 13th March, another Co-Operative lorry left the carriageway on The Downs Road.