Police are investigating a crash in Spalding on Monday to see if it is linked to a diesel theft.
The crash happened in Thistle Gardens, off West Parade, where a white Luton van went into a fence at about 9.15pm.
An eye-witness, who asked not to be named, said: “We heard this rumble and my husband went outside where he saw a van speeding down Thistle Gardens after it had crashed into our fence.
“The van had lost half of its bodywork and a fuel container so my husband waited for it to come back as Thistle Gardens is a cul-de-sac.
“But when my husband went to speak to the driver, he mounted the pavement and drove off towards Winsover Road.”
A Lincolnshire Police spokesman said: “We are treating it as a fail to stop collision and also investigating whether the diesel in the tanker was stolen.”
Anyone with information should call 101, quoting incident number 460 of September 25.