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Woman claims combine sideswiped her car


PINE ISLAND, Minn. (KTTC) -- A Pine Island woman says she is the victim of a hit-and-run with an unusual twist.  She believes a passing combine sideswiped her car while it was parked on Main Street in October.  

But does she have enough evidence to prove it?  This woman says she has taken the necessary steps regarding this bizarre incident, but what the case is lacking is hard evidence.  She didn't get a photo or a good description of the combine. Now, all Samantha Leibold is left with is a totaled 1998 Plymouth Breeze.

"What am I going to do now," Leibold said. "That's my only form of transportation." 

On October 7, Leibold says she was asleep in her home when she heard it.

"A huge, huge explosion sound," she said.

She ran to the window. 

"And here I saw a combine driving down Main Street and it just kept going," Leibold said. 

Combines and large trucks aren't a rare sight living next to the grain elevator. It wasn't until a few hours later she made the discovery.

"I came outside to find the whole back side of my car totally smashed up," Leibold claimed.  "Pieces of my reflector of my brake light.  Pieces of the side of my car.  My hub cap was totally smashed, we couldn't even find it.  The tire was totally shredded."

Leibold said she contacted the Goodhue County Sheriff's Office regarding the hit-and-run combine. 

"The officer had noticed there's some yellow and it's not a gold kind of yellow...it's more of a yellow, yellow.  Like a John Deere yellow," she said.

Still, no one has come forward. Leibold claimed the sheriff's office is considering the car as evidence.

"I can't do any selling of it or part it off.  I just need to hold onto it."

Until that day comes, she's stuck setting out to try to solve the case on her own.

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