Hit-and-Run America, Vol. CCLX

4ec34c39edbb8.preview-300 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.

2089. Danbury, Ct. Nov. 22. Western Connecticut State University student seriously injured when struck by a “dark-colored, boxy car” which fled the scene.

2090. Los Angeles. Nov. 22. 62-year-old man struck and killed by a newer white Mustang with tinted windows which fled.

2091. Bellefonte, Pa. Nov. 22. 52-year-old man injured when struck by a white, full-size pickup truck pulling a trailer which fled the scene.

2092. Linden, NJ. Nov. 22. 29-year-old man critically injured when he was hit by a dark-colored sedan which fled the scene.

2093. Lebanon, Maine. Nov. 21. 42-year-old woman injured when struck from behind by a green commercial van which fled the scene.

2094. Asheville, NC. Thanksgiving, 2011. 57-year-old man struck and killed by a light-colored Ford truck which fled the scene.

2095. Detroit. Nov. 23. Man in his 30s struck and killed by a tan Buick LeSabre which fled the scene.

2096. Pine Hill, NJ. Nov. 23. Boy is in critical condition at Cooper Hospital after being struck by a gray or silver mini-van and a full-size conversion van, with a ladder attached to the rear door and a mounted spare tire (two-tone: light gray over dark gray), both of which fled the scene.

Related stories:

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A parolee who allegedly fled the scene of a hit-and-run crash that led to the closure of the southbound 5 Freeway in Burbank was captured early Tuesday morning when he fell out of a tree in which he was hiding nearby.

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Brunswick, Ohio Police have made an arrest in connection to a hit-and-run criminal complaint filed Sunday where the suspect claimed to be a police officer.

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A Longview man has been identified as the driver in an alleged hit-and-run that killed 4-year-old Cesar Cruz this past week.

Department of Public Safety Trooper Carl Davis said investigators determined that 56-year-old Margarito Salinas Aguilar was the driver of a 1999 silver Dodge Durango that hit Cesar, who was walking along Texas 149 near Younger Road. His body was found along the roadway by officers after a report he had wandered away from home. Davis said Aguilar had not been charged with a crime Monday in connection with the incident.

“(Aguilar) knew he hit something, but he didn’t know what,” Davis said. “And he didn’t know it was a 4-year-old child. I think he thought he hit a deer.”

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A 47-year-old man who recently moved to Kingman was charged with first-degree murder Monday for reportedly running over and killing his daughter’s 21-year-old boyfriend. Michael Anthony Rivera, until recently a resident of California, was booked into the Mohave County Jail on murder charges in the death of Nickolaus A. Gerencser Jr.

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“It is just unbelievable to me that this would happen with this frequency,” said attorney Rick Fried, who has handled hundreds of personal injury cases.

Fried said he’s seen a deterioration of social responsibility over the years, partly because some people don’t believe there will be consequences.

“So often, everyone has an excuse. You see, nothing is ever my fault anymore. It was a bug flew in, or the sun got in my eye,” Fried said.

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A man has turned himself in to Honolulu police in connection with a hit-and-run crash that killed a 19-year-old Brown County native.
The 29-year-old suspect driver was booked Tuesday for negligent homicide and failure to render aid. He was released pending an investigation. Police said Mariah Danforth-Moore of Oneida, Wis. was crossing Kamehameha Highway near Hawaii Pacific University’s Windward Oahu campus Sunday night when she was hit by a car that left the scene.

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For more than a year, Yolanda Moreno has been taking down the license plate number of every light-colored Mazda mini-van she sees.

Police believe a similar van may have struck Moreno’s father, Jose Luis Herrada, 90, as he crossed the 5000 block of Delta at 8 p.m. on Aug. 20, 2010, then left him on the roadway without offering to help. He died two days later at University Medical Center.

“The pain is horrific,” Moreno said, describing the loss of her father. She believes the lack of closure in her father’s death caused her to get fired from her job for consistently making mistakes.

320470240-23131451 And I quote (VIII) …

A Hagerstown woman who was critically injured earlier this month in a hit-and-run accident involving a tractor-trailer was taken off life support Wednesday at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va., according to a family member.

Kimberly Yumlu, 45, was being kept alive by a ventilator early Wednesday morning so surgeons could harvest her organs later that day, her son-in-law, A.J. Roberts said.

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Someone called 911 about 12:38 a.m. to report that a black Chevrolet Camaro had crashed into the post office at 1019 Main St. The vehicle fled the scene and was found a short time later ditched in front of a home on Butler Street. Officers were able to identify the driver of the Camaro as Tony P. Burnett Jr., 19. Burnett was taken into custody at his residence in Laurel, Ind.

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Teen commits hit-and-run at Spokane yogurt shop, parents bring her back

Caught, convicted, court appearance or car-on-car in … Ceredo, WV; Lexington, NC; Channahon, Ill.; Weymouth, Mass.; Rapid City, SD; Waltham, Mass.; Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Anniston, Ala.; Lufkin, Texas; Phenix City, Ga.

Family wants answers in hit and run: wavy.com

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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