Hit-and-Run America, Vol. CDXVI

The hit-and-run driver who killed Polina Kadiyska (pictured) in Philadelphia last year pleaded guilty and received a 5-to-10 year prison sentence.


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.

3435. Lompoc, Cal. Feb. 7. 87-year-old man struck and killed by an unidentified vehicle which fled the scene.

3436. Prince George’s County, Md. Feb. 7. 14-year-old boy critically injured when struck by a cab which fled the scene.

3437. Salt Lake City, Utah. Feb. 8. 35-year-old man injured when struck by a silver Dodge Durango which fled the scene, but was caught not too far away from the scene.

3438. Kusa, Colo. Feb. 9. Pedestrian injured when struck by a white Volkswagon, possible plate 375-IZE, which fled the scene.

3439. Richmond, Va. Feb. 9. 44-year-old man injured when struck by an unidentified vehicle which fled the scene.

3440. Albemarle, Va. Feb. 8. Woman injured when struck by an unidentified vehicle which fled the scene.

3441. Fort Worth, Texas. Feb. 10. 21-year-old woman killed when struck by a black “work truck” with large tires, a toolbox mounted in the bed, and louvers on the rear window — which fled the scene.

3442. Lakewood, NJ. Feb. 9. Pedestrian injured after struck by possibly a van which fled the scene.

3443-45. Blue Bell, Pa. Feb. 9. Three people injured when struck by a white vehicle which fled the scene but was later tracked down.

Related stories:

From the Stories I’ve Covered Files

Pleading guilty to homicide by vehicle while under the influence of alcohol — he registered a .156 BAC — and two other charges, Barnes was sentenced by Municipal Court Judge Glenn B. Bronson to five to 10 years in state prison.

“I am very sorry for the tragedy that happened that night. I am sorry for everything that happened,” said Barnes, wearing a blue Department of Corrections shirt and jeans as seven relatives looked on in Courtroom 1007.

“If her family was here, I would apologize for everything that happened to her and what they have gone through ever since,” he continued. “I know what I did was wrong, and I take full responsibility for it.”

And I quote (I)…

While police had no witnesses to the hit-and-run accident that killed a 61-year-old pedestrian in late October 2012, detectives cracked the case three and a half months later.

Edward L. Orr, a 30-year-old Montauk resident, was arrested Thursday afternoon in connection with the death of John Judge, East Hampton Town Police Detectives confirmed early on Friday morning. (H/T Sandy O.)

And I quote (II)…

LONGMONT, Colo. – A teenager who said she was in church and not involved in a deadly hit-and-run has been cleared by police who say she may have been involved in a different hit-and-run.

Eighteen-year-old Kendra Rae Balentine was arrested after 16-year-old Jason Grimmer of Denver was hit and killed in Longmont while he was running from a fight on New Year’s Eve.

Balentine said she didn’t do it. She told police was at church playing games with 30 other church members when the accident occurred — an account backed up by her pastor, according to the Longmont-Times Call.

And I quote (III)…

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) – A southern Indiana man has been sentenced to eight years for fleeing an accident scene after his truck skidded on ice and killed a woman.

Twenty-eight-year-old Thomas Dillman of Bloomington told a Monroe Circuit Court judge Thursday he “was such a coward” for fleeing the scene of the December 2010 accident that killed 25-year-old Lacey Deckard. Dillman had been convicted of leaving the scene of a fatal accident.

And I quote (IV)…

After almost 10 years, Maple Grove police are still looking for answers in an unsolved hit-and-run case.

On Feb. 20, 2003, Rebecca Nelson was struck by a vehicle as she walked to the Maple Grove Community Center after parking her car in an overflow lot. She died after being rushed to North Memorial hospital in Robbinsdale.

No one who may have witnessed the incident has come forward and police say that, without fresh leads, they need the public’s help.

“We’re hoping that somebody will have remembered seeing a vehicle,” said detective Tanya Petz. “We’re trying to refresh somebody’s memory.”

And I quote (V)…

A witness got the truck’s license plate information and gave it to police.

Officials were able to track down the driver at work and took him back to the scene. The driver said he did not see the man in the street.

And I quote (VI)…

The mother and the fiancee of a young man killed by a hit-and-run driver Feb. 2 say it’s imperative for police to apprehend the driver who killed him and the hit-and-run driver who injured five young men Friday at the same location.

“Horror,” was the word Jewell Brown of Youngstown, mother of Robert Brown, used to describe her immediate reaction to Friday’s crash at a candlelight vigil for her son, which she attended.

“It was absolute horror,” she said, adding that initially she couldn’t believe a hit-and-run with injuries was happening again in the same place a week later.

Brown said she believes Friday’s crash was deliberate, but she said she has no idea what the motive might have been.

And I quote (VII)…

A Longmont woman who was cited last year on suspicion of hitting a bicyclist in her van — before apologizing to the rider and driving away — has been fined $100 plus court fees after pleading guilty to driving an unsafe or defective vehicle, according to the Boulder County District Attorney’s Office.

And I quote (VIII)…

PHOENIX — A Valley woman has been sentenced to six years in prison for the October hit-and-run accident that left a Peoria teenager dead.

In addition to the prison time, 23 year old Laura Flanders will also have to serve three years of supervised probation.

On Oct. 29, 18 year old Joey Romero was hit by a Chevy Trailblazer as he was walking home from his job at a 99-cent Only Store near Thunderbird Road and 83rd Avenue. The driver left the scene.

Romero later died from his injuries.

Caught, convicted, court appearance or car-on-car in … Kansas City, Mo.; Oakdale, Pa.; Portland, Oreg.; Lumberton, NJ; Rochester, NH; Pittsburg, Cal.; Fort Lee , NJ; Bremerton, Wash.

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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