City officials blame God for car damage

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News 12 at 6 o'clock / Thursday, July 11, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- A local Army veteran is upset with the City of Augusta.

Tree branches on city property fell on her car while she was driving. The city's not paying up and blaming God as the reason why.

"All of a sudden, I heard a boom," said Iraq War Veteran Tonya Price.

"It's not an act of God, that's an act of man. The trees in Augusta are all hanging over the streets," she said.

Price was driving down Walton Way when she says tree limbs started falling from trees.

"The windshield was cracked. It caused damage to the hood, grill and front of my car," she said.

Price filed a police report and pictures of the damages. She found out the tree limbs came from property owned by the City of Augusta, but the city is not paying for the damages.

Beau Barnes with Risk Management says the city is not responsible because it was an act of God. The county is not liable for things like potholes or tree limbs falling if they don't know about it.

"The city is responsible for the property. They should be going around checking trees, considering it's a lot of limbs falling in the road," Price said.

The city uses a crew of three and a private company to trim trees. City officials say the recent rain doesn't allow them to cut as many trees. News 12 drove down Walton Way, and the street is almost covered with branches hanging over the streets.

As for Price, she's happy to be alive and doesn't blame "the Man Upstairs" for anything.

"When I heard that I couldn't believe God picked my car to hit on. It was a clear day," Price said.

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