Tuesday 17th of January 2017 06:00:05 AM
In the small town of Arcadia, Florida there was an accident on Sunday, March 24, 2013 morning that involved two parked vehicles in the owner's driveway, covered to protect from damage from the elements of nature, and a 1990 Jeep Cherokee. Let us start at the beginning. The owner of the Jeep is the daughter of the driver. The driver had recently been released from the Desoto County Memorial Hospital due to neck surgery. The Jeep was in a drainage ditch across from a 1980 V8, 4 speed, 350 engine, power everything, burglar alarm, manual transmission, glass top classic Chevy Corvette, and a 1998 Ford Mustang that was parked alongside the Corvette.Margarita sat behind the wheel of the Jeep; knowing full well she has no driver's license, she started the Jeep, placed the Jeep in drive, and pressed her foot on the gas pedal with the intention to attempt to remove the Jeep from the ditch. As Margarita floored the gas pedal of the vehicle, her own daughter was standing in front of the Jeep. The jeep flew out of the ditch going airborne, just missing and knocking her down to the ground causing her to black out for a brief moment, leaving just bruises. Next, the jeep flew over the road (Hickory St., N.E. Arcadia, Florida) never touching the pavement; Margarita did not attempt to stop the vehicle presumably due to panic, until it had rested on top of the Corvette and Mustang against a large tree forcing it to prevent the Jeep from continuing on into another neighbor's home.The Arcadia police were called to the scene, patrolman Matthew **, badge **, never questioned the residents who witnessed the ordeal. The driver of the Jeep was transported to the Desoto County Hospital, and released not too long after. Patrolman ** assessed the scene of the accident, 1 wrecker and also one flatbed arrived to the scene by Darrel's Road and Wrecker Service (663 S. Brevard Ave. Arcadia Florida 34266). The driver claims there were issues with the brakes and the accelerator of the 1990 Jeep Cherokee, but Road and Wrecker being highly experienced certified mechanics said the Jeep Cherokee had nothing wrong with either the brakes or the gas pedal and that the Jeep has to be in park to be able to start the Jeep. This verified that the driver falsely stated the Jeep had mechanical issues to the patrolman.The driver had struck the Mustang first hitting it so hard it knocked the muffler right off, yet lacking the attempt to stop yet, then driving on top of the Corvette parked alongside the Mustang and damaging a large tree. Again reminding that the driver has no driver's license, she had only received a ticket for reckless driving, and driving while license is suspended/revoked. The patrolman brought it upon himself to give estimates of damage to the Corvette at $2000, and the Ford Mustang at $3000. Now the last I knew for insurance to process any claims, the estimates must come from a Certified Mechanic/Auto body repair shop. Also last I knew, when a person drives without a driver's license, especially when wrecking into other vehicles, and putting pedestrians' lives at risk, they are taken to jail. Being the driver has a family member on the Arcadia Law Enforcement as a detective, and being transported to the hospital for an examination, she was released from the rightful consequences. The driver was obviously not in any way hurt because when she had returned home Sunday. She was seen going in and out of her home as though nothing was wrong with her and continues to drive without a driver's license.The owner of the Jeep has Mendota Insurance, as we had called to report our claim. It took a week to get an insurance adjuster to assess the damage of the parked, badly damaged vehicles. Here it is June 13, 2013. After several months of trying to contact Mendota and getting only voice mails with no return calls, to this day, no settlement has been made yet. I have called, spoken once or twice to a secretary letting her know I am to the point of calling an attorney due to the neglect of this company to uphold their responsibilities toward the client. I am tired of getting the runaround, and being ignored. This insurance company collects money from its clients and refuses to pay for the damages done by their clients.I agree with others that this company is fraudulent and needs to be not only put out of business but also investigated and prosecuted for the frauds they have done. I can produce photos and factual claims as to what I am saying are true. I hope that everyone reading this does not waste their money investing in this company. Maybe when they lose enough customers, they will be forced into bankruptcy.