Hit-and-Run America, Vol. CDLXXXIX

8-year-old Darrin Wilhite, killed in a Detroit hit-and-run

8-year-old Darrin Wilhite, killed in a Detroit hit-and-run


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.

4665. Aberdeen, Md. Jan. 17. 17-year-old male on skateboard injured when struck by a silver or grey Ford Mustang which fled the scene.

4666. Cobb County, Ga. Jan. 21. Woman injured when struck by a dark-colored vehicle which fled the scene.

4667. Indianapolis, Ind. Jan. 20. Man injured when struck by a vehicle which fled the scene; driver later arrested.

4668. Marietta, Ga. Jan. 21. Woman in her 50s injured when struck by a dark-colored passenger vehicle which fled the scene.

4669. Springfield, Va. Jan. 19. 74-year-old man fatally struck by a 2008 Mazda 323 which fled the scene.

4670. Corpus Christi, Texas. Jan. 22. Man injured when struck by a Lexus which fled the scene.

4671. Waukesha, Wisc. Jan. 15. 42-year-old woman injured when struck by a silver Ford F series pickup truck which fled the scene.

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4672. San Luis Obispo, Cal. Jan. 22. 68-year-old man on motorcycle injured when struck by a vehicle which fled the scene.

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And I quote (I)…

BEAVERTON, Ore. — On January 15, 2013, a Beaverton man was killed by a hit-and-run vehicle. Police still have not found the driver or the vehicle.

Harley Rocher, 18, was walking to his girlfriend’s house just before 8 p.m. when he was struck from behind on Southwest Laurelwood Avenue, said Beaverton police spokesman Mike Rowe.

Evidence at the scene indicated that a teal or turquoise vehicle struck Rocher and left the scene. Rowe said tips have been coming in for a year, but nothing that has led investigators to the suspect.

And I quote (II)…

Vancouver police said late Tuesday night they believe they’ve found one of the vehicles involved in a hit-and-run Sunday that killed two women.

Police towed away a white pickup truck just before 11 p.m. at an apartment complex at 7609 Vancouver Mall Drive. Police said they will take the vehicle to an evidence facility to be processed.

The crash killed 45-year-old Raisa Mosh and 28-year-old Irina Gardinant, both of Vancouver.

And I quote (III)…

DETROIT (WWJ) – A man who pleaded guilty in the hit-and-run death of an 8-year-old boy whose bike was dragged by an SUV in Detroit will do some time in prison.

Alfonso Butler, 47, of Detroit, has been ordered to serve 14 months to 15 years behind bars.

And I quote (IV)…

A Delray Beach woman faces a charge of hit and run in a crash involving injury after she allegedly hit a man with her car in November then left the scene after the man insisted on calling authorities rather than taking money for his injuries, according to an arrest report.

Crystal R. Bitar, 31, was arrested Tuesday and was released from the Palm Beach County jail Wednesday morning after posting a $3,000 bond.

And I quote (V)…

Yesterday, Assemblyman Mike Gatto introduced legislation mandating that any driver who commits a hit and run offense, even if the victim is not seriously injured, forfeit their driver’s license for six months. Gatto’s legislation is his second effort to criminalize hit and run crashes following last year’s Assembly Bill 184 which extended the statute of limitations for hit and run drivers.

“A.B. 1532 will give victims of hit-and-runs solace, knowing that cowards who drive recklessly, and purposefully avoid responsibility for their actions, are no longer driving the streets,” said Assemblyman Gatto. “This is a sensible fix to the law that will lead people to think twice before leaving the scene of an accident.”

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The hit-and-run drunk driver who struck and killed Lake Havasu City resident Sandie Alger on July 29 in Havasu was sentenced to serve six years in prison.

Alger, 57, was the mother of City Councilwoman Crystal Alger.

Mohave County Deputy County Attorney Kim Aune said in an email that 22-year-old Jennifer Manley accepted a plea deal Thursday stipulating she pleaded guilty to manslaughter, categorized as a non-dangerous offense; and a DUI.

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A former New Brunswick criminal defense attorney has been paroled from prison after serving more than a year for leaving the scene of a hit-and-run accident in June 2011 that seriously injured a teenager and letting his assistant take the blame.

Meanwhile, an appeals court affirmed disciplinary charges last week that were brought against John Koufos, 34, while he was still in prison.

Koufos, who also had offices in Long Branch before his arrest, was paroled in Oct. 17, months after he was given a six-year sentence by an Ocean County judge. It was part of a plea agreement that saw Koufos plead guilty to leaving the scene of an accident in Toms River, tampering with a witness and hindering his own apprehension.

Authorities said Koufos, a resident of Brick Township, was on his way from an Ocean County Bar Association gathering at Gabriella’s restaurant in Ortley Beach when he struck Kevin O’Brien, then 17, of Newtown, Pa., with his 2011 Lexus in the Silver Beach section of Toms River.

Koufos assistant, Craig Terlizzi, 40, of Brick, was initially charged in the hit-and-run. Terlizzi claimed he was operating the car around the time of the accident.

And I quote (VIII)…

SAN DIEGO – A former San Diego Gas & Electric worker has been arrested in connection with a fatal hit-and-run crash in El Cajon.

Caught, convicted, court appearance or car-on-car in … Mira Mesa, Cal.; Portland, Ore.; Brownwood, Texas; Vacaville, Cal.; Wheeling, WV; Turlock, Cal.; New Britain, 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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