Hit-and-Run America, Vol. CCLXX

Donna Fountain's list of dreams

Donna Fountain's list of dreams

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.

2170. Brooklyn, NY. Christmas morning. Donna Fountain, a 38-year-old single mother headed out to work as a home health care aide with a “list of dreams” in her pocket, stuck and killed by a grey car which fled the scene. Her friend Dena Baveghems said, “She was all about making her dreams come true. Nothing could have stopped her except this.”

2171. Dover, Fla. Christmas night. While riding a bicycle, 20-year-old Jesus Dias struck and killed by a late 1990’s or early 2000 model green sedan which stopped and then fled the scene. Dias was “a migrant worker who picked strawberries at Florida Pacific’s field, just north of where the crash occurred.”

2172. Milwaukee, Wisc. Christmas morning. 37-year-old police officer Frank Vrtochnick seriously injured when struck by a dark colored, mid sized sedan which jumped the curb, hit him and fled. “You could hear the zooming. Zoooommmm. Then you hear the boom, then you hear the glass breaking,” described Pete Carrau, who heard the crash from inside his home.

2173. Lake Worth, Texas. Christmas morning. 59-year-old Heinz Schlotter was struck and killed by a maroon Ford Explorer, 2005 to 2010 model. No further info is yet available about Schlotter.

2174. San Diego. Christmas Eve. 12-year-old boy riding bicycle suffers broken leg when struck by an unidentified vehicle which fled the scene.

2175. Bronx, NY. Dec. 26. 23-year-old man stuck and killed by an unidentified vehicle which fled the scene.

2176. Gary, Ind. Dec. 26. 52-year-old man critically injured when struck by a yellow Volkswagen Beetle which fled the scene.

2177. Fremont, Cal. Dec. 26. 56-year-old homeless man killed after being first struck by a silver or light-colored sport utility vehicle, most likely a Toyota RAV 4, and then a 2003 to 2007 four-door Honda Accord; both vehicles fled.

2178. Hollywood, Fla. Christmas Eve. 46-year-old man struck and killed by a white 2007 dodge Magnum station wagon which fled the scene.

2179. Palmyra, Pa. Christmas Eve. Palmyra. 61-year-old man suffers head injuries when hit by a green, two-door Honda that left the scene.

2180. Salina, Kan. Dec. 26. 19-year-old woman injured when struck by a black car which fled the scene.

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And I quote (I)…

In late October, the elderly husband and wife owners of a local shoe repair business were struck at the intersection of North Wood and East Elizabeth avenues by an SUV driven by an Edison man who was talking on his cellphone. The husband, who suffered a head injury, later died.

For Councilman Peter A. Brown Jr., that accident was further proof of the need for a traffic study in the heavily congested intersection, which borders retail shops, a six-story condominium building and parking access for the Linden (NJ) Train Station.

“Cars race from East Elizabeth Avenue to make a left onto Wood Avenue,” Brown said. “They almost collide turning left from East Elizabeth (Avenue). There are a lot of aggressive drivers.”

And I quote (II) …

To the LaGrange couple who took the time to stop, comfort, be witnesses for and stay with our son until the police arrived, a great big thank you from the bottom of this grateful mother’s heart. To the officer that was so helpful, thank you for your service to our city.
To the driver of the hit and run vehicle, shame on you! How do you know someone wasn’t seriously injured and yet you just drive off? What, no license or no insurance? Drunk? Texting? If you have any conscience you will turn yourself in.
Laura Myres
Palo, Iowa

And I quote (III) …

Drunken hit-and-run driver caught after crashing into police station wall

And I quote (IV) …

The two unidentified men were driving a 2000 Cadillac DeVille west on Route 88, near Ocean County Park, when the car rear-ended a 2007 Chevrolet Impala driven by township resident Deborah Hofmann, Patrolman David Silberstein said. The police believe the men were drunk at the time and were not authorized to have the car; it was not considered stolen because the men had access to the keys, Silberstein said.

The car’s owner, Silberstein said, “didn’t even know the car was gone until she was told by police.”

And I quote (V) …

An enraged suspect fought through a Taser shot and then punched a San Jose police officer in the face, breaking his nose, before finally being arrested on Christmas morning, authorities said.

Paul Pierce, 69, faces felony charges of battery on an officer, resisting arrest and hit-and-run after he was unwilling to go quietly when officers confronted him east of downtown, police said.

Police were investigating a Sunday morning fender bender in which the suspect sped off. They tracked the suspect, Pierce, to a house on 24th and San Fernando streets around 10:25 a.m., police said.

When officers showed up, they discovered Pierce had a $50,000 warrant for his arrest.

“The suspect basically said, ‘No, you’re not arresting me,’ he basically took on the officers,” said Sgt. Jason Dwyer, a police spokesman.

dt.common.streams.StreamServer And I quote (VI) …

The reward for information that leads to the arrest of the driver whose vehicle killed a Lake Zurich teen last summer has been upped to $10,000.

Authorities said Monday they still are reaching out to the public in seeking information regarding the hit-and-run death of 18-year-old Gabriella Drozdz.

The Lake Zurich Police Department continues to investigate the incident and is requesting public support to identify the offending vehicle and driver.

And I quote (VII) …

A man injured in a hit-and-run accident in Pleasant Grove on Friday has died.

Vic Edmond had been hospitalized following the crash before he succumbed to his injuries on Christmas Day.

And I quote (VIII) …

BOSTON — A Roslindale man who pleaded guilty Tuesday in connection with the death of a 23-year-old scooter rider left the scene of the crash and went on his honeymoon as police were looking for him, prosecutors said.
Andrew Prior, a Syracuse, N.Y., man attending school in Boston, was struck as he was riding his scooter by Colin Ratiu, 23, on Nov. 14, 2010.
Prosecutors said that Ratiu left the scene of the crash and later got married and went on his honeymoon as police were searching for the driver of the fatal hit-and-run.

Daily prison-rape isn’t enough punishment for the likes of Colin Ratiu. If she knew, his whore wife is just as bad a human.

And I quote (IX) …

Police say the deputy was traveling along US-27 near Brannon Crossing on Dec. 7 when a vehicle rear-ended him. When deputy got out of his car to check on the occupants of the vehicle that hit him, and identified himself, the driver stepped on the gas. Police say as the suspect fled, the truck struck the deputy, knocking him out of the way. The driver sped away at a high rate of speed.

And I quote (X) …

EAST BREMERTON (Wash.) — A tow-truck driver chased down an alleged hit-and-run driver Christmas evening and boxed her in until police could arrive.

Tucson suspect/attorney Grady Wade

Tucson suspect/attorney Grady Wade

Caught, convicted, court appearance or car-on-car in … Bensalem, Pa.; Tulsa, Okla.; Sarasota, Fla.; San Francisco; Tucson, Ariz.; Stamford, Ct.

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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