Hit-and-run driver destroys Roger Lohse's Dodge Ram, wife's Chrysler Pacifica

Lohse's cars parked in front of family's Hollywood home

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. - A hit-and-run driver destroyed Local 10's Roger Lohse's 2012 Dodge Ram and his wife's Chrysler Pacifica parked in front of their Hollywood home early Sunday morning.

The incident happened just before 4 a.m.

"All of a sudden I heard what sounded like an explosion 30 feet from my bedroom window," Lohse told Local 10's Jeff Weinsier.

Lohse's pickup was  hit from behind by the driver of an out-of-control Cadillac STS.

The impact sent the pickup barreling into the back of his wife's car.

"My wife jumped out of bed, looked out the window and said, oh my God!" Lohse said.

"I looked and saw both of our cars destroyed," said Raelin Storey-Lohse.

He went to the window where he saw the driver of the Cadillac climb out of the passenger window, stumble around and flee.

But there was little he could do.

It's just the latest in a string of bad luck for Lohse.

After hip surgery last year, then knee surgery in January, our colleague has been off the air, sidelined again following a water skiing accident on July 4th.

Lohse tore his hamstring and ripped the tendon off the bone.

He had surgery two weeks ago to repair tendon, has been out on medical leave, and is walking with crutches and a brace.

"I'm frustrated because I'm looking at the guy who just destroyed both of our cars get out and walk away and there is nothing I can do about it," Lohse said.

The Cadillac is registered to Alexandra Palmieri of Parkland, who was not in the car.

Her father, Gary, refused to talk to Local 10 about the crash.

Palmieri allegedly told police she lent her car out, but not to the person Lohse saw get out of the Cadillac

The Hollywood Police Department says they are actively investigating.

"Cars can be replaced and body parts can be fixed. We are healthy and  together," Lohse said.

He plans to return to Local 10 August 13th.