Most of us have probably done something we regret and wish we could go back and undo, or at least apologize for. Well, that’s what a mysterious driver did recently, with a letter addressed to the police department in South St. Paul, Minnesota in which they owned up to a hit-and-run they committed more than 30 years ago.

Even better, the envelope the letter arrived in also contained $1,000 cash the sender hoped the police could forward to the owner of the victim’s car.

“I was quite shocked,” said South St. Paul police chief Bill Messerich. “It’s not something you see every day.”

Unfortunately, the police department’s records for minor cases like this don’t go back 30 years, so the cops acknowledged the sender’s request that the department use the funds in some other constructive way; Messerich said the money went into a general donation account used to pay for new equipment.

“But I guess this was just weighing on this person’s conscience for over 30 years,” Messerich said. “They came to a certain point in their life where they wanted to try to make things right if they could.”

Here’s the text of the letter the South St. Paul police received:

Dear sir,

On a night back in 1985 or 1986, I hit a parked car on the 1050 block of Dwayne Ave. in St. Paul and did not stop to leave my information.

The damage to my vehicle was minor; I don’t know how much was done to the other vehicle.

I don’t (sic) whose car I hit, but if your records go back that far and if you can locate the owner, please give them the $1,000 I have enclosed.

If you cannot locate the owner, please donate the money to a police charity.

I am sorry for any inconvenience that I have caused and I ask for your forgiveness.

(via Twin Cities Pioneer Press)