Prize car leaves winner walking - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

Prize car leaves winner walking

Crystal Riddle Crystal Riddle
  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Today's the day for News on the Road!

    Today's the day for News on the Road!

    Thursday, April 17 2014 12:30 PM EDT2014-04-17 16:30:38 GMT
    WALB News 10 is hitting the road for our 60th anniversary. You might remember this photo from 2004. Yolanda, Dawn, and Ben having fun with the Ladies of the Red Hat Society in Tifton for WALB's 50thMore >>
    WALB News 10 is hitting the road for our 60th anniversary. You might remember this photo from 2004. Yolanda, Dawn, and Ben having fun with the Ladies of the Red Hat Society in Tifton.More >>
  • Kutcher's peanut ponder picture makes London news

    Kutcher's peanut ponder picture makes London news

    Thursday, April 17 2014 12:17 PM EDT2014-04-17 16:17:49 GMT
    Ashton Kutcher, one of the world's top TV stars, stopped to ponder Georgia's official Peanut Statue in Ashburn. His selfie, showing himself and his fiancé, Mila Kunis, appreciating the structure, hasMore >>
    Ashton Kutcher, one of the world's top TV stars, stopped to ponder Georgia's official Peanut Statue in Ashburn. His selfie, showing himself and his fiancé, Mila Kunis, appreciating the structure, has circled the globe.More >>
  • Supreme Court to hear Cuthbert insurance case

    Supreme Court to hear Cuthbert insurance case

    Thursday, April 17 2014 10:15 AM EDT2014-04-17 14:15:49 GMT
    The Georgia Supreme Court announced that it will hear the case of BARZEY V. CITY OF CUTHBERT (S14A0620)  next week. A woman whose adult son was killed while working for the City of Cuthbert is appealingMore >>
    A woman whose adult son was killed while working for the City of Cuthbert is appealing a Randolph County court ruling that she is not entitled to her son's death benefit, even though she is his only legal heir.More >>

August 13, 2003

Valdosta - Crystal Riddle went through a lot to win her car. "We had to sit in there for two weeks, depend on people to bring us food, it was hot and it stunk," said Riddle.

When she was announced the winner, she couldn't have been happier. But her prize wasn't what she expected. "I've only driven it five times since I got it," said Riddle.

Crystal's car has been in and out of the shop since she drove it off the lot back in June. "Its had to have a new battery, the dash lights went out, I got pulled over once because they headlights went out," said Riddle. "Just recently, the tire split while I was driving down the road with my young son."

Crystal won the car through a contest sponsored by Hot 102.7 and Kirill Kia. Kirill says they'll continue to fix her car at no charge to her until the problems are solved. Even though she signed a document saying she took the car "as is," she still feels cheated. "I lost a lot," said Riddle. "I feel like they got all this publicity, and I'm the one paying for it."

Now her garage is empty, and she's depending on friends and family for rides. "I had a 1993 car, but I sold it when I got this car, and now I have nothing," said Riddle. "My old car would've worked a lot easier than the one I won."

Crystal's car is in the shop now for a split tire and damaged hood latch. She doesn't know how long it will take to be fixed, but hopes this is its last visit.

posted at 3:45pm by ashley.harper@walb.com

Powered by WorldNow