David Mosher had a rough morning on April 23.
He was roused from bed at his Bridgewater home to the sound of a bang at about 5 a.m. thinking a branch broke off and hit part of his garage.
That wasn't the case.
The Empire Street homeowner looked outside on the rainy morning to see a strange vehicle in his yard and its interior ceiling light on - and then saw it go dark. No one was around.
The destruction was clearly evident: Shattered to pieces was a front yard section of Mosher's 20 year old wooden fence. Tire marks tore up the wet lawn, leading a path to his 2008 Ford Ranger several metres away. The truck's back end took the brunt of the force; the Rangers' rear passenger side tire was ripped apart from the axle.
Overall damage is estimated "in the thousands of dollars," said Danny MacPhee, deputy chief of the Bridgewater Police Service which is probing the incident.
The investigation showed the vehicle was travelling on Hillcrest Street before it slammed into Mosher's property at the corner of Hillcrest Street and Empire Street, located on the west side of town.
MacPhee told LighthouseNOW there was no evidence of the driver - or any passengers - being injured.
"He couldn't have gotten hurt - he left," Mosher commented to LighthouseNOW while in the midst of cleaning up and re-adjusting the fence.
The gender of the driver was not immediately known but the individual couldn't be located by law enforcement. "We don't know if [the person] was picked up or ran away," MacPhee said.
The burgundy BMW sedan with New Brunswick plates sustained "extensive front end damage," MacPhee said, and it's unlikely it would have been drivable.
Authorities are conducting a forensic examination of the vehicle, swabbing for DNA, fingerprints and the like. At the time of this writing, police hadn't tracked down the registered owner of the BMW.
Police said it's possible the vehicle may have been stolen. MacPhee said there have been similar circumstances in the past where a vehicle was taken, involved in an incident, and the owner wasn't immediately aware it was missing.
Meanwhile, Mosher, was taking some of the incident in stride. "He missed the house. He did good," he quipped to LighthouseNOW.
Mosher doesn't plan to re-install the destroyed section of fence on the property where he's lived since 1989. He expects he'll be driving a rental vehicle before it's decided whether or not his Ranger is a write-off.
Police are requesting anyone with information about the incident to contact them at 902-543-2464.