Hit-and-Run America, Vol. DCCCXLII

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. After a respite from keeping the list, it restarted in January 2019, highlighting one case a day. If there’s a case you’ve seen that deserves highlighting, drop me a line at hickey@brianphickey.com.

11781. A pedestrian who was struck by a vehicle in a hit-and-run crash on The Plaza in Charlotte on November 4 has died, according to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. Detectives are now asking for help finding the suspect.

11782. A woman has died following a hit-and-run crash in Massapequa, police say. They confirmed 72-year-old Arlene Fierro died as a result of the injuries she sustained after being hit by a Ford pickup truck last month.

11783. Police on Thursday released the name of a bicyclist killed Thanksgiving Day in an Otay Mesa hit-and-run crash that they say may have been intentional. San Diego police homicide Lt. Jud Campbell identified the victim as Octavio Mendoza, 40, a San Diego resident.

11784. A makeshift memorial of stuffed animals, flowers and balloons marks the spot. This is where police say a driver slammed into a biker who was riding across the street in a crosswalk, launching him 45 feet into the air. The man, who was in his mid-20s, was rushed to the hospital, where he died.

11785. A 27-year-old is facing involuntary manslaughter charges after Philadelphia police say he hit and killed a 64-year-old man in North Philadelphia. Police said Tyreek Polite is also charged with homicide by vehicle and reckless driving.

11786. A bicyclist died after being struck by a car early Saturday morning in College Hill, according to Cincinnati Police.

11787. On December 5, teenager Andrew Martinez was taken into custody by Dallas police for his role in a crash that killed 73-year-old Linda Pearson.

11788. A man attempting to walk across Chamblee Tucker Road was struck and killed by a driver who failed to stop Monday afternoon, according to police.

11789. A man turned himself in Monday after he seriously injured a teen in a hit-and-run crash early Sunday morning in Hamilton, police said.

11790. CINCINNATI — A bicyclist has died after he was hit by a car in College Hill on Saturday.

11791. At 7:45 p.m. Monday, Dec. 6, a 29-year-old woman was walking in the eastbound lanes of West Trinity Lane in Nashville when she was hit by a car while outside a crosswalk, according to a news release from the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department. She was then hit by a second vehicle. Police said neither driver stopped and that both ”fled the scene towards Dickerson Pike on W. Trinity Lane.”

11792. “She touched a lot of people,” Gaither’s sister, Brittany Flournoy, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “She wanted to make a difference in this world. She wanted to have a family, and all of that was taken from her.”

11793. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday night asked for help locating a car that police say struck a 10-year-old and an adult who were crossing a street.

11794. “Witnesses stated the driver of a red Toyota passenger car stopped, saw the pedestrian lying in the roadway after striking him, and fled the scene,” police said.

11795. A pedestrian was killed in Prince George’s County Saturday night in a hit-and-run incident, county police said.

11796. A 4-year-old child was struck by a hit-and-run vehicle while crossing Okeechobee Boulevard with his family in downtown West Palm Beach, police said.

11797. This comes after police asked the public for help in finding a “vehicle of interest” after a hit-and-run crash killed an 11-year-old boy Saturday afternoon on the city’s southwest side.

11798. “My heart sank because I’m a parent,” Jane McGlaughlin said.

11799. The ASU Police Department released a statement, saying they’re heartbroken over the sudden loss of Phillips. “Over his 27-year career, he touched many lives and left a lasting legacy that will never be forgotten,” the statement read, in part.

11800. A woman was crossing a street with her grandson in her arms when she was injured in a hit-and-run crash on Monday night, according to the Fresno Police Department.

11801. A 79-year-old woman was struck and left for dead in an hit-and-run in Queens on Monday evening, according to the NYPD.

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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