‘Sorry about your car’: Neighbor’s text alerts resident of damage caused by storm

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Two vehicles in Richmond’s Fan District were crushed by a tree as a result of a severe storm overnight. 

On Sunday night, Central Virginia was rocked by violent thunderstorms that caused many trees to uproot and fall. 

In the Fan, a large tree uprooted through the sidewalk and toppled two vehicles — an SUV and a sedan along the 3100 block of Floyd Avenue. 

Some residents said they thought it was just an average storm. One resident woke up to the news a tree had damaged his vehicle.

“Our neighbors downstairs texted ‘sorry about your car’ but I didn’t know anything about it,” Christopher Biernacki said.

“Just so happened that one of the large old trees on this neighborhood fell and crushed the back of my pickup truck,” Biernacki said.

Neighbors on Floyd Avenue said they heard the wind pick up around 1:30 a.m., one resident even heard the moment the tree fell.

“There was like this loud bang and like a bright light and it was like a boom,” Maureen Chargois said.

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Biernacki said he heard the storm getting louder but did not hear when it crushed his pickup truck.

“Power went on and off for a second and then it seemed to die down fairly quickly after that and I went back to sleep,” Biernacki said. “I didn’t hear the tree fall or anything like that.”

Even with strong winds and trees failing no one was injured, something Biernacki said was far more important.

“At the end of the day, it’s just a car and it’s going to be a pain to get everything right again. But just happy no one was hurt and I guess it’s just about getting this taken care of,” he said.

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