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Fundraiser aims to help man whose cars were crushed by an airborne vehicle in hit-and-run crash

The goal is to raise $25,000 to help the south Minneapolis resident.
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A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to help a south Minneapolis man whose facing at least a $20,000 bill after a vehicle went airborne and crashed on top of parked vehicles in the driveway of his home on Monday

According to the page, Tommy Taggatz's vehicles – including one left to him by an aunt who died of cancer in 2019 – weren't fully covered by insurance, and the "extensive" damage to his garage is also not covered by insurance.  

Not to mention, Taggatz has also been out of work for about a year due to neck surgery and has faced struggles amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the page adds. 

"Although no amount of monetary compensation will replace the total value of lost items, your generosity will begin the healing process," the page says, noting it is hoping to raise $25,000 to help Taggatz with repair costs following the hit-and-run crash.

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According to Minneapolis police, the crashed vehicles were reported at 8:34 a.m. at a home on the corner of 42nd Avenue and Oakland Avenue South, though police believe the crash happened around 2:30 a.m.

Police say the driver of the red, two-door Nissan was traveling at a high rate of speed and lost control on an icy patch, sending the vehicle airborne into the two parked vehicles. Tire tracks can be seen going up the sidewalk, leading directly to the parked vehicles, which were completely destroyed.

The occupants of the Nissan fled the area before anyone arrived. 

Police ask anyone with information on the crash to contact the MPD Homicide Unit by calling 612-673-2941 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477. 

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