Hit-and-Run America, Vol. CLVIII

Martin Erzinger killed a bicyclist with an SUV

Martin Erzinger killed a bicyclist with an SUV

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.

1154. Palm Springs, Cal. Dec. 13. 64-year-old man struck and killed by a dark-colored two-door coupe, possibly a Toyota or Nissan.

1155. Allensville, Ky. Dec. 14. 31-year-old woman injured after being struck by a two-door Mercury which fled the scene.

1156. Chelsea, Mass. Dec. 14. 36-year-old man struck and killed by an unidentified vehicle which fled the scene.

1157. Ross, Pa. Dec. 14. Woman in her 60s critically injured when struck by a small car with a loud exhaust which fled the scene.

1158. Ogden, Utah. Dec. 16. Man struck and killed by a “large” vehicle, which could be a van, truck or SUV, gold or champagne color and should have sustained fairly severe front-end damage. Name withheld pending family notification.

1159. Suffolk County, NY. Dec. 11. 38-year-old man struck and injured by an unidentified vehicle which fled the scene.

1160. Millville, NJ. Dec. 15. 36-year-old man struck and killed by an unidentified vehicle. [Update: Arrest]

1161. Warsaw, Ind. Dec. 16. 52-year-old woman and her 25-year-old son injured after being struck by a late 1990s Maroon Buick four-door sedan, with possible minor damage in front.

1162. Smithfield, RI. Dec. 16. Crossing guard suffers non-life-threatening injuries after being struck by an undescribed car.

1163. Clifton, Colo. Dec. 16. Man suffers non-life-threatening injuries after being struck by a black Ford sedan with a driver’s side mirror missing that took off.

Related stories:

And I quote

EAGLE, Colorado — “New-car smell” might have contributed to the driver losing consciousness in a hit-and-run accident. Martin Erzinger was driving a new 2010 Mercedes sedan when he rear-ended bicyclist Dr. Steven Milo, about 1:30 p.m. July 3.

And I quote (II)…

DENVER — If police catch the hit and run driver who seriously injured a Denver woman and killed her unborn baby, it’s unlikely that prosecutors will try to charge that motorist with homicide.
“There’s no provision in the law for that,” said criminal defense attorney William Frankfurt of the Frankfurt & Trani law firm.

And I quote (III)…

A former female bodybuilder left with severe injuries after she was knocked down in a hit-and-run accident a year ago has been found dead.
Lynette Kilmartin’s leg was almost severed from the knee down after being run over by representative hockey player Prasant Nathoo, who was speeding away after assaulting a prostitute with his hockey stick.

And I quote (IV)…

SALEM, Mass. — The man accused of drunken driving and killing a 30-year-old Haverhill woman outside the Andover state police barracks walked out of jail yesterday after his bail was reduced by a Superior Court judge.

And I quote (V)…

A Danbury man charged with the hit-and-run death of a 4-year-old boy who has just gotten a treat from an ice cream truck has agreed to a deal with prosecutors.
On Wednesday, Walter Oliva, 42, pleaded no contest to charges of misconduct with a motor vehicle and evading responsibility in connection with the July death of Eric Zhunio. In exchange, prosecutors dropped a reckless driving charge.
Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 27, when Oliva faces a maximum of four years in jail.

And I quote (VI)…

Milo had asked that Erzinger (pictured) be charged with a felony, but the Eagle County District Attorney’s office charged him with two misdemeanors instead. District Attorney Mark Hurlbert said the misdemeanor charges could not be sealed from Erzinger’s record like the felony charge could be after a few years.
Erzinger manages more than $1 billion in assets. Certain regulations would require him to disclose a felony charge within a month. Meaning, he could potentially lose his job.

And I quote (VII)…

LARGO — A judge found a St. Petersburg Police officer not guilty of leaving the scene of an accident, putting the department in the awkward position of deciding whether to return him to patrol duty after accusing him of a crime.

Caught, convicted, court appearance or car-on-car in … Seattle; Davenport, Iowa; Porterville, Cal.; La Quinta, Cal.; Portage, Wisc.; Sacramento, Cal.; Desert Hot Springs, Cal.

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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