Hit-and-run accident knocks out power to popular Northwest Fresno complex

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A hit-and-run driver caused a popular Northwest Fresno complex at Palm and Nees to shut down for most of the day. (KFSN)

A hit-and-run driver caused a popular Northwest Fresno complex at Palm and Nees to shut down for most of the day. Power has since been restored.

The power went out when a transformer was hit by a vehicle overnight. But the damage wasn't done. The driver then took out two fences in the back of the complex before a security guard watched him race away.

"He describes it as a black Chevy Tahoe, Hispanic male driver about 25. Significant front end damage to the Tahoe," said Lt. Joe Gomez, Fresno Police.

The incident left businesses without electricity. People ready to exercise at GB3 were turned away by signs. The gym closure disrupted Vinnie Green's day.

"Well it does, because to get up and get your mindset to get to the gym, and a few other things, and I drive in from the Ranchos," said Green.

Restaurants like Ginza lost out on the noon hour crowd. FresYes Realty opened its doors just in case clients stopped by. Kourtney Dunlap was shocked to see this normally busy complex reduced to an empty parking lot.

"Oh absolutely. The parking lot is usually filled, so coming to work this morning I was like-- oh wow."

Eighty-year-old Willie Leffall was ready to end his day here but he still put in a full regimen.

"Since I've already jogged, and then I'm going to ride my bicycle. If I don't workout inside today, that'll be okay, because I work out six days a week anyway."

PG&E crews were called in to replace the transformer so business could get back to normal.
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