Hit-And-Run Driver: I Was Afraid Ice Cream Would Melt

Flora Burkhart didn't have time to stop after rear-ending pickup
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 4, 2012 5:08 PM CDT

(Newser) – When cops showed up at Flora Burkhart's house asking her why she didn't stop after rear-ending a pickup truck on her way home Sunday night, she had quite an interesting excuse: "I left because I did not want my ice cream to melt." The 58-year-old Arkansas woman, you see, was carrying ice cream home with her when the accident occurred on a state highway; she also "didn't think there was enough damage to the vehicles to call police," according to a police report obtained by the Smoking Gun.

Derek Parker, the driver of the pickup truck, called 911 and followed Burkhart home. Police estimated $500 in damages per car, and cited Burkhart for leaving the scene as well as following the pickup too closely.

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