Hit-and-Run America, Vol. CCCLVII

city-park-crash An ongoing collection of unsolved hit-and-run cases, with a focus on car/pedestrian incidents, from across the country since Jan. ‘010. If you know something about any of these incidents, or one that I’ve missed, do the right thing and call the police, even anonymously.

2954. Lonoke, Ark. Aug. 27. 39-year-old woman struck and killed by a GMC Denali manufactured between 1999 – 2002 which fled the scene.

2955. Lacombe, La. Aug. 26. 20-year-old man on bicycle fatally struck by a Mazda which fled the scene but was later discovered sans driver. (Update: Arrest)

2956. Bridgeview, Ill. Aug. 26. 35-year-old man struck and killed by a white car, possibly a Dodge Intrepid, and a maroon Hyundai Sonata, both of which fled the scene.

2957. Madison, Wisc. Aug. 28. 21-year-old man injured when struck by an unidentified vehicle which fled the scene.

2958. Temple, Texas. Aug. 27. 57-year-old man struck and killed by a blue Mustang which fled the scene.

2959. Taft, Cal. Aug. 25. 23-year-old woman injured when struck by an unidentified vehicle which fled the scene.

2960. Lakewood, Ohio. Aug. 25. 30-year-old woman suffers “a fractured collarbone, partially collapsed lung, lacerated spleen and 15 stitches in one of her knees” after being struck by an older model, 1990’s gold four door sedan which fled the scene.

2961. Richmond, Va. Aug. 28. 33-year-old man struck and killed by a small, dark-colored car, possibly a Volkswagen, which fled the scene. (Update: Arrest)

2962. Van Nuys, Cal. Aug. 25. 33-year-old woman injured when struck by a black Honda sedan which fled the scene.

2963. Bowling Green, Ohio. Aug. 26. 19-year-old bicyclist injured when struck by an SUV which fled the scene.

2964. Jacksonville, NC. Aug. 29. 60-year-old man fatally struck by a small white car which fled the scene. (Update: Arrest)

2965. Rockford, Ill. Aug. 30. Unidentified man fatally struck by an unidentified vehicle which fled the scene.

2966. Springfield, Mo. Aug. 30. Man in his early 30s injured when struck and dragged by an unidentified vehicle which fled the scene.

2967. Grant Hill, Cal. Aug. 31. 75-year-old woman injured when struck by a blue Ford F150 pickup truck. “The driver, who police said is approximately 45 years old, briefly pulled over to check the victim’s welfare and then drove away.”

2968. Gainesville, Fla. Aug. 30. Pedestrian injures when struck by vehicle which fled the scene. Witnesses help catch 22-year-old driver shortly thereafter.

2969. Austin, Texas. Aug. 30. 14-year-old bicyclist injured when struck by a vehicle which fled the scene.

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Hit-and-run dirtbag Roderick Williams

Hit-and-run dirtbag Roderick Williams

Heroism in death

When a man five months removed from a DUI conviction came driving down Roosevelt Boulevard on Wednesday night, allegedly drunk behind the wheel again, Michael Romano’s son was directly in his path. Romano made a split-second decision to save his son’s life – and gave up his own.

The car, driven by Roderick Williams, 22, of the 3000 block of North 23d Street, struck Romano as he pushed his 5-year-old son out of harm’s way in a southbound lane near Loney Street.

Paramedics pronounced Romano, 43, dead at the scene of the crash, which happened shortly before 11 p.m.

And I quote (I)…

DENVER — According to Denver Police crime statistics, hit-and-run crashes involving pedestrians are up 48 percent from when you compare the first eight months of this year to the same period in 2011. There were 33 hit and run auto, pedestrian accidents in 2011 and 49 accidents in 2012.

And I quote (II)…

SOUTH BRUNSWICK — A 19-year-old woman and her father have been indicted in an April hit-and-run at the high school that left a 14-year-old girl with a broken clavicle and a severe concussion, according to the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.

And I quote (III)…

Waterbury police have made a second arrest in connection to a hit-and-run that killed a 90-year-old woman with dementia.

Days after charging the suspected driver, police arrested the man accused of helping him conceal the crime.

And I quote (IV)…

New court documents show a man admitted to drinking several beers, and then hitting and killing a woman with his car in southwest Oklahoma City.

Police arrested 30-year-old Salvador Lopez on August 23. He’s accused of hitting 27-year-old Rusti Bates as she walked across the street near S.W. 29th Street and Lee Avenue. Police say he left the mother of three lying in the street, drove away then ditched his car and ran from the vehicle.

And I quote (V)…

ARLINGTON — Police said Thursday that they now believe that an Arlington woman who was struck and killed on Collins Street two weeks ago was first hit by Ford vehicle that is a cross between an SUV and a pickup.

Julie Buford, 48, was pronounced dead at the scene. She was hit by multiple vehicles at just after 6:30 a.m. Aug. 15, police said, but the driver of the first vehicle, believed to be a Ford Explorer Trac built between 2000 and 2005, did not stop and has not been identified.

Based on evidence collected, the vehicle is thought to have extensive damage to its front end, police said. Investigators want to speak with the driver.

And I quote (VI)…

ATLANTA — Police shut down Memorial Drive overnight as they mapped out a deadly hit-and-run crash scene from the weekend.

William Crumbley and his wife, Danya Crumbley, were walking home from a gas station when an out-of-control car hit them and left the scene Saturday night, police said. The couple was killed instantly.

Investigators finished their work around 5 a.m. Thursday. They took measurements of the road, focusing on the tree where the hit-and-run driver crashed the car.

And I quote (VII)…

A man accused of injuring four children in a hit-and-run accident in Sangaree was awaiting trial at the time on a charge of having sex with an underage girl, authorities said.

Philip Andrew Wucherer, 22, was charged in July of last year with second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor, according to court records. He was apparently free on bail in that case when he allegedly slammed his car into four children in Sangaree Saturday night and then drove off, authorities said.

And I quote (VIII)…

Chula Vista police are investigating a mysterious hit and run crash in which blood was found in the vehicle and damage was done to a local shopping mall parking lot.

Caught, convicted, court appearance or car-on-car in … Wellesley, Mass.; W. Yarmouth, Mass.; Corpus Christi, Texas; Rock Hill, SC; Ypsilanti Twp., Mich.; Green Bay, Wisc.; St. Petersburg, Fla.; Eugene, Oreg.; Sangaree, SC; Clarksville, Ind.; Newtown Twp., Pa.; Allentown, Pa.; Tulsa, Okla.; College Station, Texas; Long Beach, Cal.


More hit-and-run stories, including every volume of Hit-and-Run America (in reverse order), are accessible from this linked page. (The full Volume-by-Volume list will appear sporadically from now on.)

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