Hit-and-Run America, Vol. CCCXXXII

5-year-old struck by a hit-and-run driver in Milwaukee

5-year-old struck by a hit-and-run driver in Milwaukee

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.

2621. St. Cloud, Minn. June 6. 11-year-old girl injured when struck by an older, green, two-door car with visible rust on the bumpers which fled the scene.

2622. Milwaukee, Wisc. June 9. 5-year-old boy critically injured when struck by a tan, foor-door vehicle, possibly an Oldsmobile, which fled the scene.

2623. Long Beach, Cal. June 9. 51-year old woman struck and killed by a black, 4-door Honda, unknown model, which fled the scene.

2624. Oro Valley, Ariz. June 7. 17-year-old girl suffers non-life threatening injuries when struck by a white, full-sized pickup truck, possibly a Dodge, which fled the scene.

2625. Madison, Tenn. June 9. 68-year-old man injured when hit by a white Chevrolet Implala which fled the scene.

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And I quote (I)…

Two off-duty law enforcement officers — best friends and neighbors — were out on their Rohnert Park street Friday afternoon and discussing a hit-and-run crash earlier that day in which a bicyclist was badly hurt when, as one said, “lightning struck.”
As the two men talked, another neighbor drove up to his home in a tannish-gold pickup with the sideview mirror missing.
The front end was damaged and it matched the overall description of a truck, believed to have hit a bike-riding Sonoma State University professor, that CHP Officer Robert Powers had spent much of his work shift trying to track down.

And I quote (II)…

CORPUS CHRISTI – Last Saturday, the Walmart near Greenwood was a chaotic scene after police and witnesses said a woman who tried shoplifting, fled from the scene hitting at least two Walmart employees and three other vehicles.

Police had been searching for the suspect since Saturday afternoon until a tip led them to 20-year-old Miranda Cisneros. Police said was staying at a house on Shelton in Calallen.

Her cousin described what happened. “She told me that she like stole some clothes and she ran from the cops,” said Isaiah Cisneros.

And I quote (III)…

The pedestrian died at the scene and was later identified as Matthew Fragas. His father told police Fragas had been arguing with his wife at home and that he told his son to leave to “cool-off”.

Also in court documents, the witness says she raced after Salangdron and pleaded with him to do the right thing at which time he yelled out “You guys not saying nothing!”

The witness told police she feared Salangdron and Kawai-Aweau who told her “She better keep her mouth shut or she would get hurt.”

In one instance Kawai-Aweau approached her at work and again she tried telling him to do the right thing. But he told her “No!”. “If I find out you went talk to the police I’m coming after you.”

And I quote (IV)…

The man accused of killing three people in a hit-and-run crash last week will spend the weekend free at home after he posted bond Friday.

Curtis Scott Harper, 22, of Franklin, Tenn., left his jail cell just before noon Friday, Knox County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Hillary Coward said. His family had posted a $300,000 bond hours earlier, court records show.

Harper’s lawyer, James W. Price Jr. of Nashville, says he’ll plead not guilty at his arraignment June 18.

And I quote (V)…

The family of an injured 4-year-old girl is offering a reward to catch the driver the hit-and-run crash that left her hospitalized.

And I quote (VI)…

MARYSVILLE — One man was killed and two other men were seriously injured in a hit-and-run collision involving a car, a bicyclist and two pedestrians late Saturday evening.

And I quote (VII)…

Mark Gobble, 38, was out jogging around 6:30 a.m. Sunday.

Orange spray paint marks outline how a driver lost control where Gobble was jogging, off Slaughter Lane at Vinemont Lane. The lines go off the road and into the center median. It shows the truck barely missed a tree, then veered back across the lanes of traffic and jumped the sidewalk curb. It skid across the grass before hitting a concrete fence.

Gobble was taken to University Medical Center Brackenridge where he later died. The husband and father of two is deaf. He never heard the truck coming. There are now flowers resting on the grass where Gobble was hit.

Police say the driver did not stop to help. …

Gobble was featured in a 2007 documentary. He joined a group on a trek to climb Mount Everest. At the time, he worked at the Texas School of the Deaf and said if he could pass any message on to his students it would be: “Go out. See the world. Do what you want to do.”

And I quote (VIII)…

D’Ancee Barnes’ mother told him to stay put.

But the 3-year-old boy ran toward her anyway and was struck by a Cadillac that sped away shortly after the collision.

The impact killed Barnes and left his mother with crippling depression that has haunted her for 23 years. LaCresha Gipson, the wife of Carson City Councilman Mike Gipson, recently decided to come forward with her story in the hope that the woman who hit her son would finally be brought to justice.

“We haven’t forgotten. We’re still suffering his loss,” LaCresha said. “For the rest of our life, we’re taking it one day at a time. I’ve had moments I just shut down.”

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And I quote (IX)…

The driver was John E. Bryson, the commerce secretary, one of the lower-profile members of President Obama’s cabinet but a well-known figure in California energy and business circles. The episode set off a squall of speculation and questions from here to the White House about what had happened in the San Gabriel Valley.

By late Monday night, Mr. Bryson informed the White House that he would be taking a medical leave of absence to undergo tests and evaluation and that Deputy Secretary Rebecca M. Blank would assume his duties.

Caught, convicted, court appearance or car-on-car in … Eugene, Ore.; Laurel, Mont.; Mt. Vernon, Wash.; Aiken, SC; Clemmons, NC; Tempe, Az.; Arkansas City, Kan.; Los Lunas, NM; Franklin, Pa.; Bremerton, Oreg.; Fort Smith, Ark.; Lincoln, Neb.

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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