Hit-and-Run America, Vol. CDLVI

Memorial for Chicago hit-and-run victim Norman Esho (from WGN)

Memorial for Chicago hit-and-run victim Norman Esho (from WGN)

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.

4060. Pasadena, Md. Aug. 20. Unidentified woman fatally struck by a 1982 to 1991 Mercedes 500 series which fled the scene.

4061. Shreveport, La. Aug. 20. 35-year-old man suffers life-threatening injuries when struck by a 2000-2006 white GMC Yukon which fled the scene.

4062. Fort Lee, NJ. Aug. 23. 35-year-old woman suffers potentially life-threatening injuries when struck by a black vehicle which fled the scene.

4063. Philadelphia, Pa. Aug. 21. Police bicycle officer struck by a vehicle which fled the scene; driver later caught.

4064. Oroville, Cal. Aug. 16. 53-year-old man on bicycle injured when struck by a silver Ford Taurus which fled the scene.

4065. Chicago, Ill. Aug. 20. 83-year-old man killed when struck by a red or maroon SUV, possibly a Suburban or Tahoe,
which fled the scene. (Update: Surveillance photos released)

4066. Phillipsburg, Pa. Aug. 22. 10-year-old boy injured when struck by a black sedan which fled the scene.

4067-68. Memphis, Tenn. Aug. 18. 34-year-old woman and 37-year-old man fatally struck by a white, 4-door Toyota pick-up truck which fled the scene.

4069. Fort Worth, Texas. Aug. 21. 51-year-old man fatally struck by a metallic burgundy Toyota Scion which fled the scene.

4070. Azle, Texas. Aug. 17. Pedestrian fatally struck by a light-colored Ford truck which fled the scene.

4071. East Setauket, NY. Aug. 23. Unidentified pedestrian fatally struck by an unidentified vehicle which fled the scene.

4072. Fort Wayne, Ind. Aug. 19. 31-year-old man fatally struck by an unidentified vehicle which fled the scene.

4073. Park Heights, Md. Aug. 21. 8-year-old boy leaving football practice injured when struck by a black four-door Jaguar which fled the scene.

Related stories:

And I quote (I)…

PCH is a documentary film. It explores why so many people are killed in Malibu on Pacific Coast Highway. It addresses why this horrific reality isn’t rectified. The film exposes obsolete road infrastructure and insufficient traffic regulation. It examines Malibu’s nuances— an internationally recognized hub for surfing and cycling— and its particular safety hazards.

And I quote (II)…

Beaverton police have released two composite drawings of suspects in a hit and run that seriously injured a pedestrian last month.

211 And I quote (III)…

According to police, 21-year-old Richard Bernard Byers Jr. was found lying alongside the roadway in the 2700 block of West Mountain Street shortly before 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13. Byers was taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center with “visible injuries to his head.” He passed away a couple days later.

And I quote (IV)…

Officers investigated and learned the woman had been in an argument with her husband, who had hit her with the front of a green Toyota, knocking her to the ground and causing a minor head injury, police said.

Police arrested Marc Gamache, 50, of Conant Road, Nashua, and charged him with felony reckless conduct and misdemeanor simple assault, police said.

And I quote (V)…

“We don’t even want to hint this is road rage because we don’t have anything at this moment,” Young said later. “At the very least, it appears to be a hit-and-run with a fatality.”

And I quote (VI)…

OAKLAND — Rich Fletcher, a building inspector known to family and friends as “Dick,” may never walk again after a hit-and-run crash that led to a CHP officer shooting the driver suspected of hitting him, according to a family spokeswoman.

The 47-year-old Antioch resident, who was allegedly struck on his motorcycle by 32-year-old Concord resident David Alcairo on Friday, remains at Highland Hospital with a broken spine, four broken ribs and severe road rash, according to family spokeswoman Mandy Benny.

“You touch him even slightly, and pain just shoots out everywhere,” Benny said. “And he remembers everything.”

And I quote (VII)…

The city-wide hit-and-run epidemic in Los Angeles is no secret; many of you may have been the victims (or culprits) of one. While reports of these accidents continue to almost make daily headlines—our hit-and-run coverage is evidence enough—one man has made it his personal mission to bring this crisis to an end.

Detective Felix Padilla of the Los Angeles Police Department’s traffic division recently sat down with 20/20 to discuss what he’s seen in over a decade of work on the force and the reasons behind the high rate of hit-and-runs in L.A.

During the sit-down, Padilla, who mainly investigates fatal accidents, says, “The things that I’ve done, the things that I’ve seen, the average person doesn’t see in their lifetime. I think most cops can agree with that, for better or worse.” He also laid out the numbers, stating that roughly half of all car accidents in the city are hit-and-runs, and an average of 8,000 hit-and-run incidents are handled annually by his division alone. So far this year, 16 hit-and-runs have proved fatal.

And I quote (VIII)…

Nearly three years since her daughter, 22-year-old Doreen Cardenas, died after being struck by a van in North Aurora, Rodriguez made another trip to court. On Wednesday, it was to hear Kane County Judge James Hallock sentence Lee R. Patterson, the man who drove the van, to seven years in prison.

Caught, convicted, court appearance or car-on-car in … Portland, Oreg.; Garwood, NJ; Lacey, NJ; Melville, NY; Mt. Washington, Pa.; Memphis, Tenn.; Nashua, NH; Wichita, Kans.


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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