inspector1 needs to eat it...because...it isn't just Mercedes people who would do this. I used to drive a rusty old beat up 1963 VW Bug, and if someone hit it and left the scene, I would be after them as much as if they hit my 240D. This isn't atypical inspector1. The person who hit the car is at fault, they could have stayed at the scene, but it was their choice to cower and run away. They are going to pay for that bad choice now. It's too bad that you have to defend the wrongdoer, but I guess some idiot has to do it, so it might as well be you.
1987 Audi 4000 quattro
2002 Sprinter 2500 140" High Roof
1966 Beetle...project in progress