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First time for everything I guess...My smoker was in a hit and run!!

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  • Frozen Smoke
    Club Member
    • Nov 2017
    • 1528
    • Northern Mn

    First time for everything I guess...My smoker was in a hit and run!!

    Was out at my sons house Friday night I was cooking for a post funeral gathering for his Mother in law who passed earlier in the week. Along about 9 that night my other son comes up to me and says Dad the cops are at your house! What?? Apparently some car came flying down our street (we live on a dead end road) and either couldn't stop or didn't realize it was a dead end. My Smoker was sitting out in front of the garage as I used it to cook briskets the day before for the party. My UTV was parked right next to it because I hauled a load of wood over to use.

    Car slammed into my smoker and pushed it into my UTV and then wound up in the woods at the end of our road. The driver and or passengers fled the scene. The smoker inflicted more damage than it took. The mount for the on board propane tank is messed up and will need replacing. I think other than that it's alright.

    I'm going to have to hook it up and tow it to make sure it still tracks straight but he hit it close to the front and pushed it. Had he hit it further back that smoker wasn't going to move much and it would have wound up in his lap and he would have been seriously injured or perhaps killed.

    My UTV took most of the damage. They may total it. I had a hard cab on it and the right side door is sprung and I'm sure the entire cab is twisted. The cowling on the front will need replacing. It blew out the panels behind the front right wheel and ripped heater hoses out and you can look directly in the cab from the outside.

    Insurance adjustor will be here Monday or Tuesday to asses the damage. The cops called me later and said they know who the car belongs to but they haven't located him yet. He said no need to rush home as the car already had been towed and to their knowledge nobody was hurt.

    Turns out the kid who the car is registered to showed up at the cop station yesterday to report his car stolen Friday night! Oh really?? The cops know he's lying so they are reviewing traffic cams to try to put him in the car on Friday. Either way he's in some trouble.

    My neighbor came home and seen the car in the woods still with the lights on so he called 911 and started taking pictures. So here are some pics of the damage and the car in the woods. I'm leaving everything just as I found it until the insurance guy checks it out. I'm guessing I'm the one and only guy who has ever had his smoker hit and run!!

    He hit it hard enough all the doors flew open and some grates flew out.

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    Hard ro see the extent of the damage in these pics but it's pretty significant to my wheeler. And dang it I was going to use it today to go ice fishing!! I will try to post some better pics later!

  • PaulstheRibList
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    • Jul 2014
    • 1585
    • Lake Charles, LA
    • Started Low-N-Slow BBQ in 2012. Obviously, it's taken hold (in chronological order:
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      I'm loving using BBQ to make friends and build connections.
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    #2
    Dude, that stinks!!!! A healthy culture requires character. And if someone is missing that essential ingredient, than some good-ole accountability can help them catch up.

    Nearly 3 years ago, someone rammed into the back of me at 1 am as I was hauling home a trailer-ful of barbecue pits from church. We'd cooked for the artists playing there that evening, the fantastic Matt Mauer (I'm wearing a T-Shirt from them today!). They guy fled the scene. I was hurt, muscles in my back, and it took me over 9 months to get back to full speed. They paid me ok for the damaged pits, but dinged me on my truck.

    God provided on the accountability front, however, and the driver behind the guy followed him home when he fled the scene and came back, let the police know where he was. I'm assuming he was ticketed, but I don't know. The kid called me later to "apologize" and had the gaul to tell me he left because he thought he'd hit an animal. Makes me a wee bit angry just repeating it here.

    Glad you're stuff is not to hurt, and here's insurance to make you whole.

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    • jecucolo
      Club Member
      • Nov 2015
      • 1274
      • Schertz Texas
      • Pit Barrel Cooker






      #3
      Wow! That is some story! Glad no one was hurt.

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      • holehogg
        Club Member
        • Nov 2017
        • 2594
        • Port Elizabeth, South Africa

        #4
        OOOp's. Sorry about that, glad nobody was hurt.
        From the sounds of things the smoker came off lightly, the sign of a well built unit given what happened.
        The plus side is the meal had already been prepared.

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        • Frozen Smoke
          Club Member
          • Nov 2017
          • 1528
          • Northern Mn

          #5
          Normally the smoker would have been with me. My son lives about 10 miles from us but he specifically requested I not bring it he wanted me to cook at home and reheat and bring it out there for serving. He didn't want me outside cooking all day while everyone was in the house visiting.

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          • panteracfh3
            Club Member
            • Jul 2018
            • 286
            • Tewksbury, MA
            • "Jump in the fire!" - Metallica

            #6
            That’s crazy. Hope they get the driver. I assume some adult beverages were involved here?

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            • Huskee
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              • May 2014
              • 15578
              • central MI, USA
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              #7
              Sorry man, hope they catch 'em. Drugs are bad, DUI is bad. Hope it all ends well for you.

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              • Black99vette
                Club Member
                • Jun 2016
                • 381
                • Aurora, IL

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                #8
                Sorry that stinks! I hope the insurance takes care of things for you.

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                • AmosMoses01
                  Club Member
                  • Jun 2018
                  • 187
                  • Round Rock, TX
                  • New Orleans born, Mississippi raised, empty nester, living in Central Texas for 20+ years - looking to buy my first pellet smoker. Awed by the info on this site already!

                  #9
                  Oh my goodness! I'm sorry you're having to deal with that - and I hope that everything gets sorted out easily for you with insurance.

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                  • Steve B
                    Club Member
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                    • Rockland county New York
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                    #10
                    Man that’s messed up. Sorry to hear this especially considering where you were and why you were there. Bad timing for sure. Hope everything turns out ok for you.

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                    • LA Pork Butt
                      Charter Member
                      • Dec 2014
                      • 5648
                      • Grew up in New Orleans, lived in Texas for 20 years, lived in Mandeville, LA for 22 years. I now liv

                      #11
                      As they say truth is stranger than fiction. What a story! I hope you are up and cooking soon.

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                      • Fire Art
                        Club Member
                        • Jan 2018
                        • 988
                        • Jackson hole Wyoming

                        #12
                        How dare you park that huge piece of iron in your own driveway hope you get a speedy settlement

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                        • smokenoob
                          Club Member
                          • Dec 2017
                          • 1133
                          • Gulf Breeze, Florida

                          #13
                          As Baretta would say “If ya can’t to the time, don’t do the crime”
                          Hope the Insurance takes care of you and the cops take care of him!

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                          • RonB
                            Club Member
                            • Apr 2016
                            • 13544
                            • Near Richmond VA
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                              2 Thermapens
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                              Dot
                              lots of probes.
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                            #14
                            Well, that sux, but at least your garage wasn't damaged. Good luck with the adjuster.

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                            • ssandy_561
                              Charter Member
                              • Apr 2015
                              • 1397
                              • Central OHIO

                              #15
                              By chance do you have Farmers Insurance. Maybe they would make a commercial about it.

                              Damaged BBQ smoker. We covered it.

                              😆

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                              • randy56
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                                I know a Farmers insurance guy, he said all those commercial's are true life story's

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