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NJ animal shelter works on repairs after car crash leaves property destroyed – NBC10 Philadelphia

The founder of a New Jersey animal shelter was cleaning up her property Monday after a crash destroyed a well, flooded her property and left debris in the animal yards.

Rian Feldman, founder of the Uncle Neil’s Home animal shelter in Bridgeton, N.J., said she believes her shelter suffered “tens of thousands of dollars” in damage after a car crashed through a fence at the property and into a building Sunday evening. had destroyed it. well – flooding the property – and turned around before coming to a stop in a meadow.

The driver, she said, then fled, leaving the wrecked vehicle at the animal shelter.

“There were car parts in our trees,” she told NBC10 on Tuesday.

According to police, the incident happened sometime on May 5, when a red Mazda car lost control while driving along Beebe Run Road in Hopewell Township.

The driver, officials said, left the roadway and struck a fence at the animal shelter and continued into a well before overturning.

The driver, who was not identified by police, left the scene of the accident and reported the incident to police the next morning, officials said.

However, Feldman said the incident seemed more concerning.

On Monday morning, she said, employees found the abandoned car there after they were unable to get water from the property because of the broken well.

She claimed to have found drug paraphernalia inside the vehicle. And a surveillance camera on the property, she claimed, captured footage of the suspected driver of the vehicle jumping a fence after the crash and wandering off the property around 10:30 pm on Sunday evening.

“He just left it and left,” she said, talking about the remains of the vehicle scattered across her property. “And he leaves us here because we have to fix everything on our property.”

Although she has insurance, Feldman said she now has to pay to repair the fence and also work to repair the damage caused in the crash.

She also said that – not only is the driver lucky to be alive after driving fast enough to destroy the concrete and pipes leading to her well – but her animals were lucky too, as the vehicle almost killed several of the shelter’s residents killed. .

Now, Feldman said, she is waiting to make sure any damage will be covered by insurance as they work to clean and repair the shelter.

“It’s really about all of us,” she said.

Police have said the driver has committed multiple traffic violations and the crash remains under investigation.