Here’s what happened.
In I don’t even know what year, 2002 or 2003 or something, I was driving down the Pennsylvania Turnpike when the car in front of me blew out a tire. She slammed into the guardrail on the side of the road, and I slammed on the brakes, pulled into the shoulder, and managed to stop short of hitting her. I rubbed against the guardrail somewhat in the process, but didn’t cause it any damage beyond a scuffing. I called 911 on my cell phone and waited around, and told the cops what happened.
Three years later, I get a letter in the mail: the state of Pennsylvania decrees that I owe them money, and they demand payment! Naturally, I have no idea what they’re on about, so I call them up and they indicate that it is in reference to the incident described above. I explain that this was an accident that I was a witness to rather than a participant in, and I’m told to call some other person about it. I do, we leave messages for each other, and eventually I get ahold of the lady and explain it again. I am now under the impression that the situation is resolved.
It’s at least two years later now, and I just came home to a letter from some law office who has been contracted to collect on this “debt.” As this thing happened so long ago that it was practically in a past life, I no longer have any record of anything pertaining to it. I’ll call the guys tomorrow (right?) and go over it again, but the only record of this that I can think of is the police report, and if that was correct I don’t see how they’d be coming after me in the first place.
So… what should I do about this? What can I do about it?