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130-year-old Prineville surrey damaged by hit-and-run driver; police investigating

"I would hope that people have more respect for other people's property, that this is an isolated incident"

PRINEVILLE, Ore. (KTVZ) -- An unusual hit-and-run took place on Wednesday, involving a 130-year-old carriage.

Rick Steber is the owner of Rick Steber Makers in Prineville and the owner of the surrey that was hit.

To his dismay, the driver has not yet been found.

"He's had an entire day to make amends. He hasn't done it,” Steber said Thursday. “To me, he's a coward."

Steber said on Wednesday morning, while he was at work, someone backed out of the lot across Northeast Fifth Street, hit the surrey, then took off, leaving the front wheel damaged.

"One is completely destroyed. I don't know how much more there is to it,” Steber said. "You know, it was good oak at one time, but it is useless now."

Steber said he kept the surrey out front of his business to help attract customers.

"Well, I had it parked out in front, and everybody loved it,” Steber said proudly. "Customers would come by, and they'd want their picture with it. Sometimes I'd take them for a little ride around the block."

Witnesses told Steber the driver was a younger man in a white or silver pickup truck.

He reported the incident to Prineville police, who told NewsChannel 21 as of Thursday afternoon, there are no leads and it's still an open investigation.

Steber wants the driver to be found, but is more frustrated the young man didn't follow what he describes as a simple life principle.

"That is you do something wrong, you stop, you admit what you did was wrong, and you make it right,” Steber emphasized. "This person didn't do it. This person's a coward."

The surrey was originally built in 1890 in Ohio by the Columbus Buggy Company.

Steber said it would have to be sent to the Amish for any repairs.

He hopes the person is caught and that incidents like this happen less often.

"I would hope that people have more respect for other people's property, that this is an isolated incident,” Steber said.

“But you know, as the world spins, it just seems like people don't have much respect for other people's stuff."

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  1. He’s right, the Amish can fix/repair/replace it with little trouble. However, shipping, cost of work, and the hassle, will not be cheap. I would suggest displaying it behind concrete filled pipes in the future. That too will not be cheap or hassle free.

  2. Looking closer at the picture of the wheel, it wouldn’t be that hard to repair. Duplicate 3 or 4 spokes and then match up the stain/paint. Regardless, I’d still turn to an Amish carriage builder to make sure the job is done right.

    1. It is woodworking, not rocket science. Probobly a dozen folks in the county could do a perfect job of it. Turn spokes, savage or turn a new hub, steam and bend wood, a little iron work. But jeez, if only Prineville had some artisan/crafstsman’s guild though, amirite?

      1. I’ve done a lot of wood working . . . I grew up Mennonite and learned the trade. I know what and how to do this repair, but I haven’t done woodworking for years, due to health issues of it, because of the woods I was working with. That’s why I recommend it being sent to someone that still does this kind of build/repair work on a regular/daily basis.

  3. I feel bad this guy got his Property damaged and that the person didn’t stop and come clean.
    barneygetshiswish you probably should lock down that roundabout and not let anyone in. this has gone too far and there is no way a Prineville resident would do something like this.

  4. Lester, u got that right. Prineville is getting the fall out of people that can’t afford Bend. It won’t take long before it will be as screwed up as Bend.

  5. 130 years ago that thing was your typical hillbilly rig, nowadays they drive a jacked up diesel truck with a confederate flag. The vehicles have evolved some in 130 years but the hillbillies that drive ’em, not so much. Just head out to P-tucky and you’ll see what I mean.

  6. This is so sad.
    This surrey was my father’s. He restored it in 1982 and it was driven in the National Appaloosa horse show in Salem OR that year. I had the surrey in Redmond OR and gifted it to a friend.
    I can tell you many things about this surrey. Somewhere there’s a DVD of it being driven and pulled by my dads mare after restoration. I have restoration photos somewhere.
    There’s a carriage place in Canyon City, OR
    Oxbow Wagons & Coaches that may be able to help you with the

    Oxbow Wagons & Coaches and Oxbow Trade Co.
    303 S Canyon City Blvd. • Canyon City, Oregon • 541-575-2911

    I’ll come by your shop soon and talk with you.

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