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Valley home smashed in hit-and-run

Wayward SUV caused thousands in damage

Posted: February 4, 2014 - 2:01am
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Ralph Bullman describes Monday how a hit and run driver hit the corner of their Amalga Street home on Saturday morning and pushed the cabinets into the middle of the room. Ralph and his wife, Carole, were not injuried and police are still looking for the driver.  Michael Penn | Juneau Empire
Michael Penn | Juneau Empire
Ralph Bullman describes Monday how a hit and run driver hit the corner of their Amalga Street home on Saturday morning and pushed the cabinets into the middle of the room. Ralph and his wife, Carole, were not injuried and police are still looking for the driver.

Ralph and Carole Bullman were inside their Amalga Street home Saturday morning when an SUV smashed through their kitchen wall.

“I was just scared; it happened so fast and so loud,” Ralph Bullman said.

A man driving a red Ford Explorer and leaving the Coho Park Apartments at the end of the Bullmans’ Mendenhall Valley street lost control of his vehicle and careened three feet into their home at about 7 a.m., dislodging their kitchen counter and cabinets and ripping out the plumbing, the Bullmans said.

Shaken up, Ralph Bullman ran outside to talk to the driver. He said although the driver’s car was lodged in the Bullmans’ wall, the driver never took his foot off the gas and kept shifting between “reverse” and “drive” to dislodge himself. The driver’s face was obscured by his hoodie, Ralph Bullman said.

Carole Bullman said she was shocked by the driver’s “total disregard.”

“He never once took his foot off the gas pedal,” Carole Bullman said. “I realized he was trying to leave.”

The driver ignored Ralph Bullman, he said, and he had to run to get out of the driver’s way as the driver sped off.

“I had to run for my life; he didn’t even care he was going to run me over,” Ralph Bullman said. “It was very surreal,”

The accident caused thousands of dollars in damage, Carole Bullman said. A recent remodel of their kitchen cost $5,000, she said. Since the accident, they’ve spent $1,000 replacing the smashed cabinets. Today the plumbing will be replaced. The wall, floor and foundation must also be repaired.

Luckily, nobody was hurt, Ralph Bullman said.

“I was on the couch and Carole had just walked out of the kitchen,” he said.

Juneau Police Department spokesman Lt. David Campbell said an investigation into the incident is ongoing.

“We are trying to develop some suspects and interviewing people,” he said. “Officers responded and talked to people inside the residence, canvassed the area, contacted a few people to follow up ... So far we have about four different officers who have done some work on it.”

The Bullmans said they have gotten calls from people offering information about the driver.

Anyone with information on the hit-and-run can contact JPD at 586-0600.

• Contact reporter Katie Moritz at 523-2294 or at katherine.moritz@juneauempire.com. Follow her on Twitter @katecmoritz.

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