LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
I was the one hurting. I raised the two red bud trees from saplings and last year was the first time they bloomed. It takes five to six years for them to bloom and I had had them for six years. Some of the clematis vines were 30 years old and had been planted by my mother when she moved into the home long ago. I planted some more vines about 15 years ago. A few of the vines weren’t completely pulled out of the ground but most of them were and some were completely broken. I’ll have to wait until summer to see how much damage was done. The teen also made ruts in my driveway and lawn. I will be picking up pieces of plastic, glass, and asphalt for years to come.
The damage was $3,500 to my property alone and the teen wasn’t even given a speeding ticket. The police report only said he was driving too fast for road conditions. I called Sheriff Root and asked him why he wasn’t given a ticket. He said the teen’s speed had to be ticketed. The end post that was pulled out of the ground was a foot in diameter and the hole in the ground was three feet. You don’t have to be ticketed to know that speed was the culprit, not the icy conditions. The speed limit on my road is 35 miles. If he hadn’t been stopped by my big maple tree, he would have landed in Reed Valley Estates where he lives and belongs.
Two fence posts were knocked out into my yard while the wire fence was wrapped around my trellises. He went through a flower garden where I have crocus, daffodil, and tulip bulbs planted. I’ll have to wait until spring to see if he smashed them down so far they won’t come up.