Hit-and-Run America, Vol. DCCLXXVIII

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 a few cases each day. If there’s a case you’ve seen that deserves highlighting, drop me a line at hickey@brianphickey.com.

10378. Authorities have arrested a suspect in a fatal hit-and-run crash in 2017 that claimed the life of a bicyclist in Pensacola, Fla.

10379. “We saw David’s walker in the street,” Tom Gostola said. “I said, “This is not good,’ and we went over there, and it was David.”

10380. They said his last drawing was two rectangles laid across each other on a bright yellow sticky note. He got the Bible and waved it at his parents, indicating he wanted a new one. They eventually realized he wanted an easier-to-read Bible, “without all the thees and thous,” according to the family. “He drew this at 1:30 p.m., then went to physical therapy with his dad, then, after, he went on one of his adventures,” Michelle McNeley said. While he was out, he was killed. The next day, his dad picked up a different translation of the Bible, an easier to read one, just for his son, even though he’d never open it.

10381. Surveillance video shows the moment a car plowed into a 9-year-old girl who was playing in her front yard Friday in Lithonia. The girl is seen on video playing outside with another child when a black car comes out of nowhere and slams into her and the family’s home.

10382. The death of the Nyon Warren, 6, has been ruled as accidental due to multiple blunt force trauma due to a pedestrian being hit by a motor vehicle, according to Erie County Coroner Lyell Cook.

10383. The 18-year-old was admitted to the trauma unit at Cooper University Hospital with a head injury, police said. He was reported in critical condition.

10384. A southeast Portland family is still looking for answers and some sort of closure after their father and husband was killed in a hit-and-run crash. Portland police say James McCree was hit and killed in early February. They say the blind man was in the crosswalk when he was hit at Southeast 130th Avenue and Southeast Division Street.

10385. Police say a hit-and-run driver killed a mother of three Saturday night in Orange County. They say 34-year-old Kiera Babcock was found dead, lying on the side of State Street in Otisville. Babcock was fatally struck in front of Ule’s Truck and Auto Repair where a passerby made the discovery the next day.

10386. Abilene police say a hit-and-run suspect threatened the victims with a machete. Jason Michael Henderson, 22, is charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

10387. Police are looking for a heartless hit-and-run driver who injured a 14-year-old girl, sending her hurtling into traffic in Brooklyn, police said.

10388. Phoenix police say a hit-and-run driver who struck a 25-year-old woman and three young children dragged a 2-year-old in a stroller caught underneath the vehicle about 1,000 feet Friday evening. The woman was pushing a 2-year-old girl in a stroller with two boys, 3 and 5 years old, when the driver of a small, four-door sedan struck them as they were crossing the street , police say. Officials say the man continued driving, dragging the 2-year-old girl and stroller until witnesses stopped the man at the intersection of 71st Avenue and Indian School Road and told him someone was underneath his car.

10389. THE COLONY, Texas – The Colony police say a hit-and-run crash over the weekend that targeted a group of teens was intentional and a case of mistaken identity.

10390. ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. – An elderly man has died after being hit by a vehicle Wednesday morning, and police say they are searching for a suspect who fled the scene.

10391. Julia Litmanovich, a 49-year-old Staten Island woman, was arraigned in Brooklyn Criminal Court on Thursday, and now faces a slew of charges including leaving the scene of an accident with an injury and reckless endangerment. But Litmanovich, whose lengthy rap sheet includes several drunk driving arrests, apparently doesn’t see the problem in her actions. “What is the big deal?” she allegedly told officers escorting her to Central Booking, according to Assistant District Attorney Tziyonah Langsam. “It was an accident.”

10392. A 26-year-old pickup truck driver was held today on $2-million bond in connection with the hit-and-run death of a Lime scooter rider in Hollywood.

10393. A 3-year-old boy and two adults are in the hospital after being hit by a driver who then took off, Tempe police said.

10394. Alexa Lynn Laffkas, 22, of the 400 block of Carmarthen Court, Uwchlan Township, was sentenced in Montgomery County Court on Monday to 3-to-6-years in the State Correctional Institution at Muncy after she pleaded guilty to a felony charge of accidents involving death, essentially hit-and-run, in connection with the 4 a.m. May 27, 2018, crash at Main and Markley streets that left 64-year-old pedestrian Clinton Rucker dead.

10395. Sacramento Police say two 16-year-olds were seriously injured in a hit and run crash Wednesday evening.

10396. OAKLAND (KRON) – A deadly intersection in Oakland is now being patrolled by police after a mother and her young son were killed by a hit-and-run driver. Police are there to get drivers to slow down in an effort to prevent any future tragedies.

10397. An 89-year-old woman was killed by a hit and run driver late Saturday night on Staten Island, police said.

10398. The motorist did not stop to help Mallard and continued driving east, LAPD said.  Bystanders surrounded Mallard’s body as he lay apparently unconscious in the middle of Sunset Boulevard, footage shows. Mallard spent 12 years behind bars in Australia after being wrongfully convicted in the 1994 killing of a jewelry shop owner in Perth, The Sydney Morning Herald reported. A review of the case led to his exoneration in 2006, and the government subsequently paid him $3.25 million, according to CNN.

10399. Savannah Police have charged a woman who claimed she was injured in a pedestrian-involved crash earlier today.

10400. Officers responding to the accident at about 2:30 a.m. found the 23-year-old High Point woman, who was four months pregnant when she died, according to WGHP.

10401. Loved ones are mourning a husband and wife who were killed by a hit-and-run driver during a multi-vehicle, chain-reaction crash in Philadelphia’s Bustleton neighborhood.

10402. St. Louis police are looking for a woman who left the scene of an accident that nearly killed a 23-month-old boy.

10403. A Camden County Police officer recently hailed as a hero has been critically injured by a hit-and-run driver.

10404. A woman trying to flee from gunfire was killed in a hit-and-run in West Philadelphia on Sunday. Police say two men were firing at a car when the woman in the passenger seat jumped out. She was then run over by the same vehicle.

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