Alright, I'm inflicting this story on you lot now, as it's pissed me off rather (names have been changed to protect the innocent to the highly imaginative 'Person A' and I know the driver doesn’t want the fact they’ve got a brand new car on the internet):
Basically what happened was, this moron was speeding along the road at The place we were staying over the weekend (a narrow and twisty street in a built up area) and swerved to avoid another car, smacking into Person A’s car (which is a brand new 63 plate by the way - couple of months old). He sped off, but meanwhile, we went outside and started speaking to the witnesses, who had been in their car and darted down a side street to get out the way - I think he had swerved to miss them. This guy gave us a number plate of S481 - and then he wasn't sure, but there was an E in it and it ended in C - so either S481?EC or S481E?C. The witness also said it was black and he thought it was probably a Hyundai Coupé - so then we got our detective hats on.
Person A rang the police, they said they would send someone round but never did (they have made a complaint about at least two or three police officers now).
We managed to basically confirm it was a Hyundai Coupé by posting the photos above of parts on Facebook. I appealed to car geeks and my friend's cousin said he thought it was from a 90s Hyundai Coupé - the bit behind the glass on the headlight.
See figure A:
which matches up exactly to figure B (I zoomed in on that and matched the part up at the right angle - it's spot on):
By the way how fast must he have been going for that to break (Person A’s car actually moved quite a way from being parked straight with the handbrake on).
Anyway - the next thing we did was put different possibilities of that number plate into Compare the Market's car insurance quote engine (because it tells you what car you've got) and Cat got the only one that came up with the right car. I put that into the DVLA website and it came up as a black car as well. Put it into the Motor Insurance Database, it came up as uninsured, which explains why he was so quick to flee. That is good though, as that means Person A won't lose their no claims because they have uninsured driver cover.
Person A rang the police with the number plate and they said he's from Tipton just outside Birmingham.
But this is the bit that pissed me right off: the police have told him "it's not our policy to do anything about it unless he's caused an injury"… so despite the fact that he's driving without insurance (or tax), he's left the scene of an accident, he was clearly driving extremely dangerously and there are witnesses who will testify that.