|By Henry Davis, The Buffalo News, N.Y.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
"I spent a lot of time looking for a car that had not been in an accident,"
But Nguyen, 26, did not have harsh words about the hit-and-run driver who turned himself in to authorities Monday.
Boyczuk told police he accidentally struck the vehicle after getting lost in
Police knew, based on pieces of the bumper and headlight found at the scene, that the hit-and-run driver was driving a blue 2006 Ford Fusion.
Boyczuk's father notified police after learning about the incident from news reports, Kasprzak said.
After police issued the summons, Nguyen didn't speak angrily about the driver. He offered a mild-mannered response, saying the parties were working out arrangements for repairs through their insurance carriers.
He said he was grateful for the way people responded to his story.
So far this year, some 1,100 hit-and-run accidents have been reported in
"I wish they were all this easy, and I wish more people took responsibility for their actions as happened in this case," he said.
Boyczuk faces a
Nguyen graduated Saturday from UB with a doctorate in pharmacy. He had arranged a Sunday graduation party, not so much for himself, but to present the Lexus RX 350 to his parents for all that they had sacrificed and done for him and his sister.
But before he could surprise them with the car at the party, the hit-and-run driver caused
Nguyen got the bad news about the damaged car from a friend before he crossed the stage at Saturday's commencement. Nguyen had saved for years to buy the car to thank his parents for all of the hard work they had put in since they emigrated from
They have lived on the
"They came here for me and my sister," Nguyen said.
He is having the car repaired and, meanwhile,
"Things turned out well in the end," Nguyen said.
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