Hit-and-Run America, Vol. DCCXLVIII

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.

9730. Chicago, Ill. May 10. 54-year-old man killed.

9731. Leesburg, Fla. May 10. 19-year-old man injured.

9732. Cranbury, NY. May 10. 13-year-old girl injured.

9733. Whitehouse, Texas. May 11. Sixth grader injured.

9734. Neenah, Wisc. May 11. Crossing guard injured.

9735. Darien, Ct. May 5. 17-year-old female injured.

9736. San Diego, Cal. May 10. 44-year-old man injured.

9737. Harlingen, Texas. May 11. 57-year-old woman killed.

9738. Portland, Ore. May 11. Man injured.

9739. San Diego, Cal. May 12. Woman injured.

9740. Port Hueneme, Cal. May 12. 36-year-old man injured.

9741. Indianapolis, Ind. May 13. 90-year-old woman killed.

9742. Detroit, Mich. May 13. 3-year-old boy injured.

9743. Corpus Christi, Texas. May 13. Pedestrian killed.

9744. Gaffney, SC. May 16. 60-year-old man killed.

9745-46. Milwaukee, Wisc. May 15. Woman and baby injured.

9747. Lake Forest, Ill. May 16. Bicyclist injured.

9748. Colorado Springs, Colo. May 15. 6-year-old boy injured.

9749. Barstow, Cal. May 15. Bicyclist injured.


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And I quote (I)…

“To keep going like that, it just really a disregard for human life like that, I’ve heard that lady probably will survive, but it is just unfortunate that they kept going,” Wilson said.

And I quote (II)…

Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the driver of a BMW that struck and killed a pedestrian in a hit-and-run collision a year ago Thursday.

And I quote (III)…

CHULA VISTA, CA — An oft-deported Mexican citizen accused of driving drunk and fleeing the scene after blowing through a stop sign and crashing his truck into a car, seriously injuring a 6-year-old boy, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to felony charges. Constantino Acosta-Banda, 38, is charged with hit-and-run causing permanent injury, DUI causing great bodily injury and driving without a license.

And I quote (IV)…

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – In January investigators arrested John Giumarra III, a member of a well-known Kern County farming family, after they said he hit a bicyclist while under the influence on Golden State Avenue and F Street.

In newly obtained court documents, Bakersfield Police said they found an empty bottle of vodka in the rear sear of Giumarra’s vehicle.

The woman on the bicycle, Angela Holder, 32, later died from injuries sustained in the crash.

And I quote (V)…

Nearly a month after he was severely injured in a hit-and-run crash near Barry University, Damion Beckford remains in critical condition — and Miami-Dade police are looking for the driver.

Just before 2 a.m. on April 16, Beckford, 29, was crossing Northwest Seventh Avenue near Northwest 112th Street in the Pinewood neighborhood when the driver of what police believe is a Ford F-150 pummeled him. He remains in the hospital being treated for critical injuries, police say.

And I quote (VI)…

“I cry at night, I can’t sleep, I ask God why this happened to me,” she said.

And I quote (VII)…

“[Henry] dedicated his time and talents to help improve the quality of life for all in our community.  He volunteered countless hours to make a difference.  His professionalism and work ethic were unmatched.  His future was bright and limitless and I will miss his counsel. He was a dedicated husband, son, brother and friend.  I offer my deepest sympathy to his loving family and friends.  May he rest in peace.”

Gladys Reyes of West St. Paul talks with a friend Saturday, May 13, 2017, at commencement ceremonies at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth. Reyes, who was struck by a car and nearly killed in 2007, was honored with the Sister Loretta Sheehan Leadership Award. (David Ballard / Special to the Pioneer Press)

And I quote (VIII)…

“I’ve known Gladys for a few years and have been continually impressed with her academic capabilities, her commitment to social justice, and her leadership potential,” said Ryan Sandefer, the department chair and an assistant professor. “She is an exemplary student and community member. … We are proud of what she has accomplished as a student but are extremely excited to see what she does as a graduate.”

And I quote (IX)…

“My daughter is in a coma. She has been in a coma since day one,” Stingley said.

And I quote (X)…

“Once I got to the corner, I saw a man on the floor. There was cars trying to pass and video tape,” said witness Andrea Chavira, who lives on Lindsey Drive.

And I quote (XI)…

MANCHESTER — An off-duty city police officer is accused of hitting a woman with his car early Sunday morning and, after checking on her, fleeing the scene of the collision.

And I quote (XII)…

In a court document filed Wednesday, Mikulich’s criminal attorney, Paul Stracci, said that his client “intends to raise the defense to all counts that he is not responsible as a result of mental disease or defect which left him unable to appreciate the wrongfulness of his conduct, if any, at the the time of the alleged offenses.”

And I quote (XIII)…

“Whoever did this has now taken my father away, our father away, and that hangs really heavy over me,” said Cade. “They should be held accountable for their actions.”

And I quote (XIV)…

As he walked out of the courtroom, Derise confronted a member of the media and loudly said, “Don’t take pictures of my family.” A man and woman accompanied him.

“You shouldn’t have killed my brother,” Heines’ brother, Timothy Heines, said from the row behind the photographer.


Caught, convicted, court appearance or car-on-car inPalm City, Fla.; Seattle, Wash.; Suffolk Co., NY; Fort Myers, Fla.; Hurricane, WV; Boston, Mass.; Milwaukee, Wisc.; Stone Mountain, Ga.; Providence, RI; Queens, NY; Las Cruces, NM; Visalia, Cal.; Cleveland, Ohio; Milford, Mass.; Gulf Shores, Miss.; Clayton County, Ga.; Kea’au, Hawaii; Detroit, Mich.; West Warwick, Mass.; Leesburg, Fla.; Manhattan, Kan.; Beachwood, Ohio; Tampa, Fla.; Albuquerque, NM.

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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