Hit-and-Run America, Vol. CCCV

04/15/2012
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2011 vigil for Emerald Smith (Baltimore Sun photo by Gene Sweeney Jr.)

2011 vigil for Emerald Smith (Baltimore Sun photo by Gene Sweeney Jr.)

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.

2453. Boston, Mass. April 13. 20 year-old man struck and killed by what was possibly a black or blue Mazda which fled the scene.

2454. Pittsfield, Mass. April 11. 47-year-old man injured when struck by a gray van which fled the scene.

2455-56. Bronx, NY. April 14. Man and woman in late teens or early twenties hospitalized after being struck by a gray or white BMW SUV which fled the scene.

2457. Hazel Dell, Wash. April 14. 24-year-old male injured when struck by an older red or maroon small truck. which fled the scene.

2458. Jacksonville, Fla. April 13. Unidentified man suffers life-threatening injuries when struck by unidentified vehicle.

Related stories:

And I quote (I)…

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – “Selfish” and “pathetic” are the words a mother used to describe a hit-and-run driver who struck and killed her daughter as she helped a wounded dog on the side of a road in Franklin Township.

Brian McCauslin, 39, was given the maximum seven-year sentence for killing 23-year-old Tiffany Jantelle. He was also ordered to pay about $13,000 in restitution to the victim’s family.

(H/T @MTW6)

And I quote (II)…

A man and woman involved in a case of parking-garage rage that police say involved a hit-and-run crash had a second odd encounter – at a birthday party shortly after the confrontation.

And I quote (III)…

Wails and screams echoed through the halls of the Clarence M. Mitchell Jr. Courthouse on Friday, as relatives and friends of two teenage girls absorbed the fact that no one would be imprisoned for their hit-and-run deaths on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard last June.

About two dozen relatives and friends comforted each other after walking out of the small courtroom they had packed for the two-day trial of Reuben Dunn. When the jury foreman read off “not guilty” on each of three charges, the supporters gasped, some weeping and others shaking in anger.

“Everybody is appalled, upset and feels that justice was not served,” said Mary Topi, mother of one of the victims, Emerald Smith. “Some people were saying they have no faith in the justice system or the jurors of Baltimore City.”

10832701-large And I quote (IV)…

North Bergen police have released a sketch of a man wanted for questioning in the hit-and-run accident last month that claimed the life of a Butler bodybuilder.

The sketch was created from an eyewitness account, officials said.

It depicts a man age 50 to 70, with tan or olive skin, about 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-10 inches tall and weighing about 220 to 250 pounds, authorities said.

And I quote (V)…

A Mesquite man was sentenced to 30 years in prison Friday for a July 2009 hit-and-run at Cobb Park that injured an 5-year-old Abilene boy while he played with friends.

Ernest Zamora Aguirre, 43, pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated assault in the 42nd District Court, three days before he was scheduled to stand trial.

Prosecutors said Aguirre hit Isaiah Flores as he crossed the street to retrieve a baseball on State Street on July 28, 2009.

Aguirre, who allegedly was speeding, struck Flores, tossing him 20 feet before running over him, prosecutors said.

Caught, convicted, court appearance or car-on-car in … South Brunswick, NJ; Long Beach, Cal.; Ames, Iowa; Hilo, Hawaii; Garden Grove, Cal.; Cathedral City, Cal.; Miami-Dade, Fla.; Grand Rapids, Minn.; Indianapolis, Ind.; Albiemarie County, Va.; Rochester, NY.

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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2 Responses to Hit-and-Run America, Vol. CCCV

  1. rdcozzen
    04/17/2012 at 23:12

    Thank you for bringing this to the attention of the public. My daughter is Cassie Cozzen one of the victims you profiled. She is doing well now but still has the possiblity to have seizures. It makes you wonder if these people have a conscious!?

  2. 04/20/2012 at 14:05

    I ask myself that every day, RD. Happy to hear she is doing well despite the hurdles.

    -Brian

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