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Family's cars hit twice in six months while parked outside their home

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A North Spokane family has had their cars smashed twice in six months, when they were simply parked outside their home. This last time, the car that hit both of their car's was stolen. The driver took off before police arrived, leaving them on the hook for thousands of dollars in repairs.

Robert and Ranae Brooks don't know how much more they can take. Robert has been in very poor health since 2002 when he took a horrible fall at work.

"I fell off a building," he said. "I broke both legs my ankle, my back. This whole side of my face is metal."

The pain from that incident lingers every day. The couple says the hits have kept coming since then.

"We've always done right by others, helped people out," he said. "We just haven't had any breaks. It's depressing."

Robert's condition is so poor, Ranae devotes her life to caring for him. The whole thing has him in tears.

"I married her 28 years ago," he said. "I told her I'd take care of her. Now she's taking care of me. And there isn't nothing I can do about it."

Defeat he also feels about the repeated crashes outside his home. Twice in six months, a driver has hit both of their cars.

"We were doing nothing both times but sleeping, just in bed sleeping," Ranae said.

The first time, the at fault driver had insurance. The second time, The SUV that hit theirs was stolen. They say the suspect grabbed drugs from the stolen car and left the scene.

"I thought, again are you kidding me," Ranae said. "I couldn't believe it woke up to it again."

The couple said their plan isn't enough to cover it. The damage is so severe, it would cost more to fix it than either car is worth.

They were left distraught until staff at TK Auto Sales heard about what they were going through. They decided to give them a car off their lot.

"I'm going to cry," Ranae said. "This is just so awesome."

The owner of TK, who didn’t want to be interviewed or receive recognition, told the couple as part of Ramadan, he was looking for someone to help. They were left in tears, and for the first time in a long time, they were tears of joy.

"It's just overwhelming," Ranae said.

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