Hit-and-Run America, Vol. DCCXL

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.

9454-55. Portland, Ore. March 4. Two injured.

9457. Savannah, Ga. March 4. One injured.

9458-59. Tulsa, Okla. March 4. One killed; one injured.

9460. Tippecanoe County, Ind. March 3. One killed.

9461. Pottstown, Pa. March 3. One killed.

9462. St. Louis, Mo. March 3. One killed.

9463. Columbia, SC. March 3. One killed.

9464-65. San Antonio, Texas. March 5. Two injured.

9466. Louisville, Ky. March 5. One killed.

9467. Lycoming County, Pa. March 5. One killed.

9468. Oklahoma City, Okla. March 5. One injured.

9469. Houston, Texas. March 5. One killed.

9470. Lewiston, Maine. March 3. One injured.

9471. Madison Heights, Mich. March 5. One killed.

9472. Charlotte, NC. March 3. One injured.

9473. Bullitt County, Ky. March 5. One killed.

9474. Santa Monica, Cal. March 5. One killed.

9475-77. Memphis, Tenn. March 6. Three students injured.

9478. Taunton, Mass. March 6. One injured.

9479. Lansing, Mich. March 5. One killed.

9480. Trenton, NJ. March 7. One killed.

9481. Terre Haute, Ind. March 4. One injured.

9482. Hemet, Cal. March 7. One killed.

9483. Pacific Palisades, Cal. March 8. One injured.

9484-85. Los Angeles, Cal. March 7. One killed; one injured.

9486. Springfield, Va. March 8. One injured.

9487. Lexington, Ky. March 8. One injured.

9488. Cocoa Beach, Fla. March 9. One killed.

9489. Fresno, Cal. March 9. One killed.

9490. Stockton, Cal. March 7. One injured.

9491. Dearborn, Mich. March 5. One injured.

9492. San Diego, Cal. March 9. One killed.

9493. Billings, Montana. March 8. One injured.

Related stories:

And I quote (I)…

If he thought those words of remorse would sway the Northampton County judge deciding his fate, he wasn’t helped by statements he made outside of court when he wasn’t trying to put his best face forward.

Instead, in recorded phone calls from Northampton County Prison, Atkins complained that his crime was “blown out of proportion,” called Judge Michael Koury Jr. “a piece of [expletive]” and questioned whether his victim’s family members had jobs when they managed to attend his court hearings.

“They’re acting like they’re the [expletive] victims,” Atkins said of Darious Condash’s loved ones in one call. “Like what about my family?”

And I quote (II)…

FORT COLLINS COLORADOAN – A woman who police say was driving drunk allegedly crashed into another car and then punched its driver in the face Tuesday in Fort Collins.

And I quote (III)…

Figures released recently by the Florida Highway Patrol show hit-and-runs have been on the rise over the last four years. In 2013, there were 78,661 hit-and-run crashes in the state. In 2014, there were 85,241; in 2015, 94,456; in 2016, 99,004.

FHP’s statistics did not include a breakdown of figures from 2013 to 2016 for each Florida county. But they showed that Miami-Dade in 2016 had the most hit-and-run crashes in all of Florida’s 67 counties: 19,087. The runner-up was Broward with 11,993. The third county with the most hit-and-run crashes was Palm Beach with 7,694.

And I quote (IV)…

“I tried to get his license number, but he had a sunglass-like plate over the top of it,” said good Samaritan Autry Chambliss. “And from there I just waited around the corner and waited until police got there and the ambulance got there, but he didn’t. He started scooting down the street, so I eased on behind him. Luckily, he turned into the park.”

And I quote (V)…

“No death in that circumstance is a pretty sight, and we, in the coroner’s office, do our best to make it as easy as we can on the families and to take care of the deceased,” Muscogee County Deputy Coroner Charles Newton said.

And I quote (VI)…

“Whoever hit him. Whoever done it – I just wish they would go ahead and turn themselves in so we can straighten this matter out. That would be huge for me” Corey’s father, Larry Brown told WBTV.

And I quote (VII)…

“It’s all a dream to me in a lot of ways, but, you know, I’m really empty about it,” said Lisa Askren, Cassani’s mother. “I want to know who did it. I want to know why. Even if it was an accident, I still want to know.”

And I quote (VIII)…

And I quote (IX)…

“We were denied our future with Bobby, and, more importantly, Bobby was denied his chance at a beautiful life,” Michele Kunz wept as she read a prepared statement in court Tuesday at the sentencing of Robert Messina, the driver on whose car her son had jumped during a dispute over money on July 20, 2015.

And I quote (X)…

“It makes me angry. I don’t know how people out there they can just hit someone and they don’t even help. They are just coward,” said Jennifer.

And I quote (XI)…

“I didn’t really want to see the car come out of the pond,” she said. “It would’ve been very heartbreaking to see the car that ended our sons’ lives and Allison’s, but I do want this resolved.”

And I quote (XII)…

An Arkansas man is accused of running over an 11-year-old boy in a hit-and-run Tuesday, according to police.

And I quote (XIII)…

A Brevard County firefighter is accused of being combative and attempting to bite a state trooper who was arresting him on a hit-and-run charge, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

 

And I quote (XIV)…

EAST ST. LOUIS • At a memorial marking one year after Erica Steele’s son was killed in a fatal hit-and-run, she stood in the rain in a T-shirt and jeans just to feel what he felt after the unknown driver left him lying in the road.

Steele hoped the rain was also a sign that her yearlong search for answers would end.

“We just want justice,” she said.

 

Caught, convicted, court appearance or car-on-car in … Houston, Texas; Silver Spring, Md.; Evanston, Ill.; Danbury, Ct.; Waco, Texas; Millbrook, Ala.; Boise, Idaho; Huntsville, Ala.; Madison, Wisc.; Buffalo, NY; Madison, Wisc.; Boulder, Colo.

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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