A few days ago, while I was exiting the pump area at a gas station I apparently backed up into one of the vacuums there. I got out the car to check for damage and besides a few scrapes on the bottom of my rear bumper I didn't notice any damage to my car. I examined the vacuum and surrounding area, and although the vacuum had some bents in it, these were not on the side of where I thought my car would of hit it. So I assumed that my car's bumper must have hit the concrete in front of the vacuum (my bruised ego probably didn't let me think I caused any damage at that time). I should of swallowed my pride and spoke with the manager then but instead I drove off. Cut to today, I received a register letter from a traffic officer asking that I get in contact with him ASAP. I called the gas station's manager (after receiving traffic officer's letter) and they seemed open to coming to a private settlement. They reviewed the camera and said it was pretty clear that I caused damage to the vacuum, but I am pretty sure the vacuum also had previous damage to it because of the number of dents and markings on it.
Could the traffic officer charge me with failure to remain at the scene of an accident? I'm hoping no, since there were no other vehicles involved, no injuries and damage does not appear to exceed 1,000$, also accident occurred on private property. BTW I was told the traffic officer wont be in until tomorrow and to call back then. Can anyone give me a heads up as to what to expect when talking to the traffic officer?
Thanks again for all your help,