Village home damaged by hit and run accident

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Staff report
State police are investigating an apparent hit-and-run accident that occurred on upper Main Street in the Village of Margaretville around 10:30 p.m. Sunday evening that injured a resident of the home.

According to police reports, an SUV vehicle owned by Rafael Figueroa, 33, of Denver was traveling eastbound on Main Street when it went off the southbound shoulder striking a tree stump before it crashed into a house at 1880 Main Street where, according to Karen Archibald, the home’s owner, it did up to $10,000 in damage to the house and injured a resident of the home. Police say the driver then backed onto Main Street and continued another 20 yards before hitting a split-rail fence at 1190 Main Street. Police searched the area but could not find the driver.

Police say they found a wallet in the car that belonged to the car’s owner and that it was retained as evidence.

Lori Fairbairn, who lives in the home, told the News she was standing in front of a window, while talking on the phone with a friend. She had just turned her back to the window when the SUV hit a tree, then the window, then the house. The impact sent her flying across the room. Both she and her friend called 911. When she got up to take a look, the SUV started pulling away, but hit another part of the house, then wiped out a neighbor’s fence. At that point the driver got out and ran away, leaving the SUV.

Lori suffered injuries to one of her legs and a knee. She said she was going to the hospital to have the knee checked out.

Police say they expect Figueroa to surrender himself to them on Wednesday, Jan. 23 and that unspecified charges are pending. The vehicle was towed from the scene by Sanford Auto Body of Arkville.