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.
Overarching message of the day: What Lindsay Lohan did does not qualify as a noteworthy hit-and-run. Sorry. So leave the cokewhore alone.
2374. Houston, Texas. March 13. 29-year-old man injured when struck by a black Chevy Avalanche which fled the scene.
2375. Kenner, La. March 12. 64-year-old man struck and killed by a white 1999 Ford Explorer and a dark colored sports utility vehicle — possibly a Pontiac — which fled.
2376. Rockford, Ill. March 14. 10-year-old boy suffered non-life-threatening injuries when struck by a newer, light-colored Ford or Dodge truck which fled the scene.
WEST PALM BEACH — Christi Wilson pushed her hair behind her ear and leaned forward on her toes, staring into the tangled mess of metal, shattered glass and broken plastic that once was her brother Scott’s car.
A flimsy plastic lid and cup with a faded Dunkin’ Donuts emblem still sat in the driver’s side cup holder, the only signal that someone was once alive in there.
For jurors in the DUI manslaughter trial of Wellington polo club founder John Goodman, the gold Hyundai and dark Bentley arranged on the court loading dock gave a life-size view of the collision between the two cars before Wilson’s car overturned and dropped into a canal where he drowned.
Wilson’s family stood and watched as if they were waiting to approach a coffin at a wake. When it was their turn they took their time, looking first at what was left of Wilson’s Hyundai, then at the $200,000 Bentley convertible Goodman was driving.
When Goodman took his turn, he stuck to his own car and didn’t venture a look at Wilson’s.
And I quote (I)…
NISKAYUNA — Just before 8pm Tuesday night officials say a hit-and-run crash at the corner of State Street and Balltown Road in Niskayuna left five women between the ages of 7 and 34 injured. Police say all injuries were non-life threatening.
“For somebody just to leave them on the side of the road it’s terrible” says Thomas Kennedy of Schenectady, one of the first people to arrive on scene.
“There was a string of little kids and women and it was dark. I couldn’t see so I brought my car up. I got out and checked the little girls and they were all claiming they had head injuries. She was sitting there crying. What do you do with a little kid crying?”
And I quote (II)…
The trucker involved in a hit-and-run that killed a cyclist in Williamsburg escaped prosecution because cops say the bike rider was partly to blame.
The NYPD’s highway division concluded that Bushwick artist Mathieu Lefevre tried to pass a truck on the right at a Morgan Avenue last October, convincing cops they shouldn’t charge the motorist — even though driver Leonardo Degianni wasn’t signalling when he veered into the 30-year-old cyclist, according to police documents.
And I quote (III)…
About three minutes of images captured by a Northeast strip club security camera has become the key link in the prosecution of a Wissinoming man accused of leaving the scene of an accident after he hit and killed a jaywalking pedestrian.
A Philadelphia Municipal Court judge on Tuesday ordered Angel Roque, 28, held for trial on homicide by motor vehicle while driving under the influence and related charges in the Sept. 29 death of Joyce Kenny, 46.
And I quote (IV)…
Mena police have charged Kevin Heard, 28, of Mena in connection to a hit-and-run that seriously injured a 2-year-old girl. … Thacker’s mother Lauren Thacker, told the Mena Star that Thacker was bleeding in her brain and spleen and had a tear in her lungs, along with several surface injuries to her body.
And I quote (V)…
The accident itself was caused by Cooke losing control of his vehicle after accelerating it and skidding the tires and then hitting the parked vehicle, police said. Several witnesses then mocked his driving skills, police added.
Police said Cooke became angry and fled the scene of the accident, running towards his home.Cooke returned a short time later displaying a handgun and questioned the group “as to who had something to say now,” police said. Cooke then returned to his residence, leaving the scene of the accident.
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.)