A man says he is “devastated” but grateful no-one was hurt after a taxi slammed into his parked car at high speed, writing it off. CCTV footage shows Piotr Maluga’s car being hit by an ABC taxi outside his home at Howe Circle in Ringland, Newport.
Mr Maluga told WalesOnline the incident has left him without a vehicle and struggling to get to the shop he works at in Caerphilly. A spokesman for ABC Taxis said the taxi had been stolen prior to the crash.
Mr Maluga recalled: “It was Wednesday morning at 8.30am. It was school time and there were lots of kids around. After the crash schoolboys, probably ten years old, banged my door to let me know about the car.
“I hadn’t heard any crash because my bedroom is the other side of the house. When I saw it I was devastated. Then I heard from other neighbours their cars had also been damaged.”
A spokesman for the taxi company said: “The taxi driver parked the vehicle up early hours of the morning around about 4am. He went to bed and someone nicked his car.
“We had a phone call from a lady in Ringland to say one of our taxis had hit her car. I got the registration number and rang the driver who was asleep.
“I asked him if he had just been involved in an accident and he said ‘no’. I asked where the car was and he said it was parked outside.
“I asked him to go and check and he went out and said the vehicle had gone. At the same time I was speaking to him the police came into the office and I spoke to the officer and the officers then went and spoke to the owner of the car and they realised it wasn’t him.
“Our driver is off the road as a result of a mindless act. I left a message on the Facebook post for Piotr and to respond to the keyboard warriors.” To sign up to our crime newsletter head here.
Mr Maluga thanked the community in Ringland for rallying around his family and offering to take his children to school so he can borrow his partner’s car to get to work. “It’s been unbelievable,” he said. “We are very thankful to them.”
“I was shocked when I saw the video of the speed the car was going,” Mr Maluga continued. “It is shocking. The Newport community is so good we’ve organised that someone can pick up my boy from school so I can take the car.”
A spokeswoman for Gwent Police confirmed that officers had received reports of a collision at Howe Circle. They said: “We had a report of a stolen vehicle in Howe Circle, Newport on Wednesday April 6 at around 8.35am. The grey Toyota Avensis which was stolen has since been recovered but enquiries are ongoing in relation to the theft.
“Anyone with any information is asked to call us on 101 quoting log reference 2200112780. You can also direct message us on Facebook or Twitter or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”