Abandoned Car Worth $600 Manages to Accumulate Over $100K In Parking Tickets
Jennifer Fitzgerald has a really big parking ticket debt and a really awful ex-boyfriend.
A 1999 Chevy Monte Carlo registered to the 31-year-old woman was abandoned in the parking lot of O'Hare National Airport in Chicago sometime around May 23, 2009. Between then and April 30, 2012 the vehicle was issued 678 tickets, totaling a whooping $105,761.80.
According to Fitzgerald she only learned the car was registered to her in November of 2009, when it had already accumulated a large number of tickets. Fitzgerald has argued in court documents that her ex-boyfriend Brandon Preveau, who works at O'Hare, purchased the ride from her uncle in 2008 for $600, also paying for the car's title, registration and insurance.
Fitzgerald alleges Preveau, who has since married someone else, registered the car in Fitzgerald's name before dumping it (and her).
While this sounds like it could quickly digress into a case of legal "he said, she said," Fitzgerald has another, even stronger case for why she should be off the hook for over $100K. According to Chicago law, any vehicle left abandoned after 30 days should be towed and impounded.
All this for a 1999 Monte Carlo.