ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- A tow truck hit the garden wall at The Oldest House property in St. Augustine.
Honeymooners Maryann and Matthew Taylor walked by the coquina wall at St. Francis and Marine Streets Wednesday.
They, like many folks in St. Augustine, were stunned when they saw the hole.
When they found out that a tow truck driver backed into it, Maryann Taylor said, "It's a huge hole. It's not just like he nicked the corner or something."
Tuesday, a tow truck driver backed into the wall, the took off.
Susan Parker is the director of the St. Augustine Historical Society, which sits on the property behind the wall.
"There were some witnesses who called police," Parker explained, "and the truck had the name of the side of it and the number on the side. So they [witnesses] called the police."
Police tracked down the driver, Steven Anderson, who works for Allen's Towing in Jacksonville. According to the police report, the driver did not know he hit anything. Parker doesn't buy that.
"No I don't. I wasn't here," Parker noted, "but that's a huge hole."
Anderson told First Coast News he did not hear or feel anything at that corner. He said his windows were up. He said he's never had a problem with law enforcement, and he did not know anything had happened until his boss called him later. Anderson said, had he known, he would have stopped and addressed the situation.
Anderson apologized and said that he has been driving for 26 years. For hitting the wall, he's been cited for careless driving.
Parker said the crash also 'destabilized another piece' of the wall.
"This is an issue we live with all the time down here," Parker added, "with larger vehicles hitting walls."
Just last year, a drunk driver drove a pick-up truck into a wall around the Castillo de San Marcos, the fort in St. Augustine. That fort wall is estimated to be about 200 years old, much older than the wall at The Oldest House, which dates back to the 1930's or 1940's, according to Parker.
"I'm just glad it wasn't a really old wall or a historic building," Parker added.
She said she hopes to work with the towing company's insurance company to pay for repairs. She doesn't know yet how much it will cost.
It still leaves locals and visitors like the Taylors shaking their heads.
First Coast News