A hit-and-run crash that damaged a nonprofit agency’s van early Saturday morning has left many area veterans without a way to get to Richmond for their appointments at Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center.
Disabled American Veterans transportation coordinator Kristi Corbett said the incident caused an estimated $18,000 worth of damage to the agency’s van, which was parked at American Legion Post 320 off Brock Road in Spotsylvania County at the time.
Someone drove a car across the property, took out a mailbox and hit the van, Corbett said Tuesday. “The person who did this fled the scene,” she said.
Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Capt. C.A. Carey said an arrest had been made in the case, but he was unable to provide additional information as of Tuesday evening.
Corbett said she received an estimate of $18,000 to repair the van, which had about 52,000 miles on it and was a recent replacement for an older vehicle with more than 100,000 miles on it.
“The VA will decide whether or not it can be repaired,” Corbett said.
The 12-seat van traveled from Fredericksburg to Richmond every weekday, taking veterans—some unable to drive, some homeless and without their own vehicles—to their appointments at no cost.
“We have no other vehicle,” Corbett said. “Our patients now have no way to get down there. Some of them wait a long time for these appointments and for some of them, that’s the only medical care they have.”
Corbett said she is trying to contact veterans who had appointments to travel in the DAV van to let them know of the situation.
She said those she has spoken with are quite upset.
“They’re asking, ‘Isn’t there another way down?’ and ‘Don’t you have another vehicle?’ And we don’t,” she said.