Hit-and-Run America, Vol. DCCXLII

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.

9543. New Castle, Del. March 26. Man fatally struck by a Cadillac Escalade which fled the scene.

9544. Lynn, Mass. March 25. Woman injured when struck by a vehicle which fled the scene.

9545. Boulder County, Colo. March 25. Bicyclist injured when struck by a 1990s dark green work truck which fled the scene.

9546. Medford, Ore. March 25. Man injured when struck by a red SUV which fled the scene.

9547. Pico Rivera, Cal. March 24. Woman in her 30s on bicycle fatally struck by a 2003-2007 Honda Accord that is possibly dark gray which fled the scene.

9548. San Jose, Cal. March 26. Man fatally struck by a vehicle which fled the scene.

9549. West Fairview, Pa. March 26. Pedestrian injured when struck by a vehicle which fled the scene.

9550-51. Columbus, Ind. March 26. 30-year-old man killed and 28-year-old woman critically injured when struck by a vehicle which fled the scene.

9552. Beaumont, Texas. March 27. 40-year-old man fatally struck by a vehicle which fled the scene.

9553. Houston, Texas. March 25. 36-year-old man fatally struck by a red or maroon truck which fled the scene.

9554. Oakland, Cal. March 26. 30-year-old man fatally struck by a vehicle which fled the scene.

9555-56. Houston, Texas. March 27. Two men injured when struck by a Kia Soul which fled the scene.

9557. Jennings, La. March 28. Pedestrian fatally struck by a burgundy or red Chevrolet Impala or Malibu which fled the scene.

9558. Council Bluffs, Iowa. March 29. 57-year-old man injured when struck by a vehicle which fled the scene.

9559. Roosevelt, NY. March 28. Pedestrian injured when struck by a vehicle which fled the scene.

9560. Oklahoma City, Okla. March 28. Pedestrian injured when struck by a vehicle which fled the scene.

9561. San Francisco, Cal. March 29. 76-year-old woman injured when struck by a vehicle which fled the scene.

9562-63. Cherokee County, Ala. March 29. Man and woman fatally struck by a vehicle which fled the scene; driver later arrested.

9564. Plano, Texas. March 28. 26-year-old man injured when struck by a vehicle which fled the scene.

9565. Las Cruces, NM. March 29. 52-year-old blind man fatally struck by a vehicle which fled the scene.

9566. Senoia, Ga. March 28. Bicyclist injured when struck by a vehicle which fled the scene.

9567. Omaha, Neb. March 30. 13-year-old boy injured when struck by a vehicle which fled the scene.

9568. Miami, Fla. March 30. 25-year-old man injured when struck by a white BMW SUV which fled the scene.

9569. West Brighton, NY. March 30. Pedestrian injured when struck by a vehicle which fled the scene.

9570. Terrell, Texas. March 30. 59-year-old woman fatally struck by a blue vehicle which fled the scene.

9571. Miami, Fla. March 31. 39-year-old man fatally struck by a black 2009-2016 Nissan Sentra which fled the scene.

9572. New York City, NY. March 30. 13-year-old boy injured when struck by a Chrysler Concord which fled the scene.

9573. Hanover Twp., Pa. March 31. 66-year-old man fatally struck by a vehicle which fled the scene.

9574. Indianapolis, Ind. March 31. Pedestrian fatally struck by a tan/beige/gold colored 2007-2012 Nissan Sentra which fled the scene.

9575. Woodstock, NY. March 31. 43-year-old man fatally struck by a dark-colored pickup truck which fled the scene.

9576. Mill Creek, Del. March 31. 53-year-old man fatally struck by a vehicle which fled the scene.

9577. Memphis, Tenn. March 31. Pedestrian critically injured when struck by a vehicle which fled the scene.

9578. Birmingham, Ala. March 30. 55-year-old woman fatally struck by a vehicle which fled the scene.

Related stories:

And I quote (I)…

For five long years, the family of Omar Monroig has been searching for the driver who killed him.

“It’s been very tough for all of us. I feel like he’s not getting the justice he deserved,” Omar’s brother Jorge told NBC 4 New York.

And I quote (II)…

LIVERPOOL, N.Y. — Liverpool has fired Peter Rauch, the man accused in a deadly hit and run, from the Village Police Department, according to the Liverpool Police Chief.

And I quote (III)…

A Bronx fatally mowed down a bicyclist, and went to great lengths to cover up the crime, police said Saturday.

Victor Pelaez, 44, reported his BMW SUV stolen and claimed he was nowhere near the horrific scene where Giovanni Nin died last year, cops said.

But Pelaez’s cellphone records told a very different story, and police arrested him on Saturday.

And I quote (IV)…

A man accused of striking a teenager with an SUV and leaving the youth — who was autistic and later died from his injuries — lying on the road was arrested in Tulsa on Friday.

And I quote (V)…

The man who fatally struck a 7-year-old girl in a New Jersey hit and run last year was sentenced Friday to 11 years in prison.

Shaila Pichardo and her mother were holding hands as they walked to school in the crosswalk when they were struck by a late-model Chevy Tahoe at the intersection of 61st Street and Van Buren Place in West New York on February 19, 2016.

And I quote (VI)…

“He was just spitting out words. I asked him, ‘Are you the guy police are chasing after?’ and he goes, ‘Yea…'” said Newkirk.

He said Tome seemed mentally unstable.

“He said he had split personalities. He told me that they thought he was a Russian spy and that they were trying to hurt him.” said Newkirk.

And I quote (VII)…

SYRACUSE — Two women who perform at Lookers Showclub on North Salina Street were among the first to try to help after a hit and run crash that killed a teenager earlier this week.

The women who dance at the club were outside when the crash happened early Tuesday morning, according to Mike Boland, the disc jockey at Lookers.

And I quote (VIII)…

A husband and wife have been arrested in connection with a hit-and-run crash that killed a father of five who was riding his motorcycle in Santa Ana earlier this month, authorities announced Monday.

And I quote (IX)…

Topeka police said Monday they were investigating whether a man killed in a two-vehicle crash late Saturday may have been involved in a separate hit-and-run accident five minutes earlier.

And I quote (X)…

SPOKANE, Wash. — A driver in a truck hit a man crossing the street in North Spokane last September leaving him for dead.

After a long battle, Randy Nichol, 60, died last weekend and police are still looking for the hit-and-run driver.
Nichol was crossing the street here at Division and Rhodes. He was trying to get to the bus stop, but he was hit by a pickup truck. Six months later the police have still not been able to locate that driver, so his family is now asking for your help.

And I quote (XI)…

ONONDAGA, N.Y. — A Syracuse firefighter who was at the scene of a fatal hit-and-run crash involving a DA’s investigator last week was himself charged with fleeing the scene of an accident last year.

And I quote (XII)…

“I would say that he’s aged five to 10 years in the last five months,” he said. “I can’t imagine what’s it’s been like losing your best friend of 52 years.”

And I quote (XIII)…

New Tennessee law stalls sentencing in fatal hit-and-run case

And I quote (XIV)…

“I looked up and saw a truck coming, and I screamed for him to get out of the way,” Andrs said. “He looked up but there was nowhere to go.”

And I quote (XV)…

“In the picture it looks like he is helping my granddad, he is not helping my granddad,” said Justine Jarrett, adding “No, he is shouting at him, he’s asking him to get his ear buds for him that fell on the ground when he hit him.”

And I quote (XVI)…

Jeff Haaga resigned from the West Jordan City Council on March 20, eight months after a alleged drunken encounter with police in which he claimed he was “protected” because of his position as a councilman.

Haaga cited “personal family matters” as his reason for resignation in a letter addressed to Mayor Kim Rolfe.

“I appreciate Councilmember Haaga’s willingness to serve our city and wish him the best,” Mayor Kim Rolfe said in a prepared statement.

Former Mayor Melissa Johnson, several residents, Alliance for a Better Utah and others formally asked Haaga to resign in August after he was charged with failure to remain at the scene of an accident, a Class C misdemeanor, on July 23.

On July 19, Haaga had been involved in a hit-and-run crash at a local bar after which South Jordan police officers questioned him at his home. Witnesses at the scene said Haaga was “visibly intoxicated” at the time of the crash, but officers said they did not issue a DUI because there was about an hour lapse in time between the crash and their questioning.

And I quote (XVII)…

A person of interest has been identified, police confirmed Thursday, in a hit-and-run collision that left a far north Fort Worth high school student in a coma.

And I quote (XVIII)…

MERIDIAN TWP., MI – A mother and daughter waiting for a school bus were seriously injured Monday morning when a passing motorist struck them and fled the scene.

The man suspected of hitting them, 23-year-old Logan Richard Milliman, was arraigned Tuesday, March 28, according to a press rerelease form the Meridian Township Police Department.

And I quote (XIX)…

“That haunts me,” traffic Sgt. Tim Underwood said Thursday. “I’d love to solve that. So we keep revisiting it. Someone knows something.”

And I quote (XX)…

“She left him here,” said Ed Werner. “I came out and I found him. And that’s what I live with every day.”

And I quote (XXI)…

In an interview with police, Gaytan said he was driving a 2003 green Land Rover when he saw a person in the road and tried to avoid hitting him, but struck his legs. He said he did not stop because he thought someone else would and he didn’t have a driver’s license and was afraid to go to jail.

And I quote (XXII)…

An Edgewater woman has been indicted on charges that she struck and killed a 19-year-old man with her car last year and then fled the scene.

And I quote (XXIII)…

PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) – A Phenix City teen who was charged for a 2015 hit-and-run that claimed the life of 31-year-old Nathan Wombles has turned himself into police,

Joshua Gorman, 18, was released following his sentencing on Monday with an order to turn himself in on Friday.

 

Caught, convicted, court appearance or car-on-car in … Brentwood, NY; Port Aransas, Texas; Westport, Ct.; Chicago, Ill.; Easton, Md.; Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Andrews, Texas; Terre Haute, Ind.; Lansing, Mich.; Warwick, RI; Bloomingdale, NJ; Salinas, Cal.; New York, NY; Roseburg, Ore.; Scottsburg, Ind.; Haslett, Mich.; Milwaukee, Wisc.; North Tonawanda, NY; Upper Frederick, Pa.; Austin, Texas; Durham, NC; Crescent Springs, Ky.; Tulsa, Okla.; Brighton, NY; Virginia Beach, Va.; Queens, NY; Nampa, Idaho.

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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