Hit-and-Run America, Vol. DCCXXVIII

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.

9516-17. Bland County, Va. Feb. 20. 69-year-old and 66-year-old women fatally struck by a which fled the scene; driver later arrested.

9518. Atlanta, Ga. Feb. 19. 59-year-old woman fatally struck by two vehicles, one of which fled the scene.

9519. Concord, Cal. Feb. 19. Woman injured when struck by a vehicle which fled the scene.

9520. Sylmar, Cal. Feb. 21. Woman in her late 20s fatally struck by a dark-colored sedan which fled the scene.

9521. Edmond, Wash. Feb. 19. Man injured when struck by a pick-up truck which fled the scene.

9522. Allentown, Pa. Feb. 21. Woman injured when struck by a vehicle which fled the scene.

9523. Sanger, Cal. Feb. 21. Bicyclist injured when struck by a vehicle which fled the scene.

9524-25. Los Angeles, Cal. Feb. 22. 32-year-old woman killed and 2-year-old she was carrying injured when struck by a vehicle which fled the scene.

9526. Tulsa, Okla. Feb. 23. 16-year-old male injured when struck by SUV which fled the scene; vehicle located later.

9527-29. Rochester, NH. Feb. 20. Three pedestrians injured when struck by a vehicle which fled the scene.

9530. Memphis, Tenn. Feb. 22. Man fatally struck by a silver Mustang which fled the scene.

9531. Ladysmith, Wisc. Feb. 22. 57-year-old man fatally struck by vehicle which fled the scene; driver later identified.


Related stories:

And I quote (I)…

“She walks every day, seven days a week, down our street, she had a lot of energy, she had lots of stories to tell, she had been to many places, and knew a lot of things,” said Jayne Hollum.

And I quote (II)…

Authorities arrested an 18-year-old Montebello man who they say fatally struck a bicyclist with an SUV before fleeing the scene, crashing into several parked cars and ultimately being detained by neighborhood residents until police arrived.

And I quote (III)…

People told FOX 29’s Jennifer Joyce that despite three things — a crosswalk, speed bump and stop sign — people continue to speed along these streets. In fact, it gets worse as the weather warms and young children pack the park’s playground, basketball courts and skate park.

And I quote (IV)…

TAMPA BAY – The number of hit and run crashes in Florida has increased every year since 2013, according to figures from the state Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

And I quote (V)…

“Christian was a good kid, and when he functioned, he functioned good. The last time he came here, he had a sleeping bag and a bible. He was sitting on the floor and mumbling, and talking to a lot of his imaginary friends around him.”

And I quote (VI)…

A driver involved in a hit-and-run crash pointed a gun at witnesses who saw him flee the scene, Phoenix police said.

And I quote (VII)…

He described Moore as a “fighter determined to get better,” and says he was given the best of care and attention by the first responders who came to the accident scene. “The Argenta Fire Department, the Macon County Sheriff’s Office, the State Police and Decatur Ambulance all responded immediately, and we’re very, very thankful for their efforts at the scene,” Billingsley added.

And I quote (VIII)…

“She knows she hit him, and for her to just leave him in the middle of the street, that’s just awful,” said Janet Thibeault, Chuck’s wife.

And I quote (IX)…

The man accused of killing a young Denver lawyer in an October hit-and-run collisionhad been deported in 2007 only to return illegally to the U.S., where he was arrested twice before the deadly crash, authorities say.

Norlan Estrada-Reyes, 27, who was born in Sulaco, Honduras, had twice been accused of crimes in Denver, including driving under the influence. After a 2013 arrest, he posted bond and was released before U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement reached him. In the other case, in 2014, ICE was not aware of his arrest.

Then, on Oct. 30, police say he was behind the wheel of a full-size Ford pickup truck that struck and killed 28-year-old Karina Pulec as she was crossing the street at East 13th Avenue and Broadway, dragging her 50 feet.

And I quote (X)…

“This is my beautiful mother and we miss her so much, she’s everything to all of us,” daughter Sue Kolcz said at a news conference Wednesday, clutching her mother’s photo. “She was left to die and I was left to see a picture of her under a yellow tarp with her bare feet sticking out. You know how hard that is?”

And I quote (XI)…

“You learn to hug their kids when you see them,” Peggy Savage, Donald’s mother, said. “You learn to say ‘I love you’ out loud.”

And I quote (XII)…

Lane called the case “truly tragic because this poor woman had no one.”

And I quote (XIII)…

NORRISTOWN >> Known as “Princess Mean Streak,” a former member of a Hatfield-based women’s roller derby team, has found herself in a jam, facing a penalty in jail for a hit off the rink that left another woman injured.

Maureen Maher, 41, of the 2700 block of Mower Street, Philadelphia, was sentenced in Montgomery County Court on Thursday to 90 days to five years in jail after she pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of accidents involving personal injury and driving under the influence of alcohol in connection with a hit-and-run incident involving another driver in Hatfield and a subsequent impact with a sign post in Lower Moreland that occurred on May 21, 2016.


Caught, convicted, court appearance or car-on-car in … Milwaukee, Wisc.; Scott County, Ky.; Tampa, Fla.; Blooming Grove, NY; Rochester, NH; Hagerstown, Md.; Beaufort, SC; Cleveland, Ohio; Vancouver, Wash.; Grand Prairie, Texas; Lubbock, Texas; Indianapolis, Ind.; San Antonio, Texas.

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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