Hit-and-Run America, Vol. DCIV

Captain John Wilczynski with Philadelphia Police Accident Investigation Division discusses a pair of hit-and-runs that occurred April 13. (Emma Lee via WHYY)

Captain John Wilczynski with Philadelphia Police Accident Investigation Division discusses a pair of hit-and-runs that occurred April 13. (Emma Lee via WHYY)


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.

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6476. Philadelphia, Pa. April 13. 4-year-old boy fatally struck by a 2011-14 Ford Edge which fled the scene.

6477-78. Philadelphia, PA. April 13. 19-year-old woman injured and 2-year-old son killed after being struck by a white Acura Infinity which fled the scene.

6479. Mastic, NY. April 11. 34-year-old man injured when struck by a truck which fled the scene.

6480. Amherst, NY. April 12. 41-year-old man injured when struck by a maroon minivan which fled the scene.

6481. Tucson, Ariz. April 12. 57-year-old woman injured when struck by a primer-gray Honda Civic hatchback which fled the scene.

6482-83. Clarksville, Tenn. April 12. 6- and 7-year-old children injured when struck by a vehicle which fled the scene; later located.

6484. St. Louis, Mo. April 12. Man in his 30s fatally struck by an unidentified vehicle which fled the scene.

6485-86. New Haven, Ct. April 13. 4- and 5-year-old injured when struck by a vehicle which fled the scene; later found.

6487-88. Jacksonville, Fla. April 12. 16-year-old female and 1-year-old girl injured when struck by a silver or white Dodge Charger which fled the scene.

6489. Milpitas, Cal. April 12. 30-year-old man on bicycle struck by a red 2012 Nissan Sentra which fled the scene.

6490. Colonie, NY. April 13. 54-year-old woman fatally struck by an unidentified vehicle which fled the scene.

6491. Minneapolis, Minn. April 13. 5-year-old boy fatally struck by a vehicle which fled the scene; vehicle possibly tracked down.

6492. Vestavia Hills, Cal. April 13. Woman injured when struck by a newer-model Toyota which fled the scene.

6493. Norfolk, Va. April 11. 20-year-old man critically injured when struck by an unidentified vehicle which fled the scene.

6494. St. Louis, Mo. April 14. 42-year-old man fatally struck by a Pontiac Grand Prix which fled the scene.

6495. San Antonio, Texas. April 15. Man injured when struck by an unidentified vehicle which fled the scene.

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And I quote (I)…

“She was one of the kindest, warmest persons I’ve ever known,” said Rosoff. “She didn’t have a mean bone in her body. She was super nice. She would help anyone.”

And I quote (II)…

MARION, Ind. (WANE) — Two K-9 units captured a man suspected of critically injuring a woman in a hit-and-run that took place in a parking lot on Monday after he fled to the Mississinewa Reservoir thanks to the help of a good Samaritan.

And I quote (III)…

The Louisville man charged in a hit-and-run that killed a 71-year-old Maryville man Wednesday removed the license plate from his vehicle after fleeing the scene, police said.

Travis Keith Garland, 21, Miser Station Road, Louisville, was arrested on charges of leaving the scene of an accident with death or injury and tampering with evidence.

And I quote (IV)…

A grieving mother makes a heartfelt plea for the driver of an SUV, that seriously injured her daughter last month, to surrender to police. Detectives with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) say a red SUV hit Tanya Turman, 41, as she was walking to a bus stop Bolton Avenue and Staughton Drive on March 26th. The driver of that SUV did not stop.

Turman’s family is now having to make funeral arrangements because, they say, Turman’s injuries are so bad that she won’t survive.

And I quote (V)…

Female Suspect In South LA Hit-And-Run Leads Police On Chase That Ends With Man Reportedly Losing Leg

And I quote (VI)…

SAUGATUCK TOWNSHIP, MI – State police are looking for the driver of a Jeep Wrangler that struck a bicyclist in December and left the scene.

And I quote (VII)…

Police said Ryan Carty, 27, of Cape May Court House, was walking north on Route 47 in Lower Township at 11:30 p.m. when he was struck by a vehicle that immediately fled the scene. Township police searched the area and found that someone held left a 2002 Dodge Neon with extensive damage to the windshield and hood near the Rio Grande Rite Aid store.

During the course of the investigation, Beatriz Zacualpa-Morales, 19, of West Cape May, turned herself in to Cape May police.

And I quote (VIII)…

Police in Denver say they have arrested a 28-year-old suspect in a hit-and-run earlier this month that left a man and his 6-year-old son — pedestrians — injured.

And I quote (IX)…

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — He’s a real grandma’s boy, and if there’s one thing he hates, it’s loud engines near her house, according to authorities.

The 25-year-old man who cops say hit an off-duty officer on a motorcycle Wednesday did so intentionally, law enforcement sources say, and had confronted the officer about his noisy motorcycle in the past.

And once he allegedly ran the officer off the road with his grandmother’s van, he fled back to her house in Pleasant Plains — the same house where he yelled out “Grandma, please help me!” during a bizarre November arrest involving a crossbow and another noise dispute.

Police allege that Jeffrey Pernicka, 25, knew the motorcycle-rider was a police officer, and intended to cause him serious bodily harm Wednesday afternoon. (H/T @OwenGood)

And I quote (X)…

Evidence suggests that a vehicle possibly involved in a suspected fatal hit-and-run pedestrian accident on Erie’s east side in mid-March was a Honda or an Acura, a city police traffic investigator said Monday.

And I quote (XI)…

Hit-and-run suspect found at the bar after crashing into bicyclist, police say

And I quote (XII)…

Chad Partin is still processing the shock of watching his best friend get hit by a car.

“I didn’t even get to blink my eyes and the boy was hit by a car,” Partin explained. “We’ve been friends for God knows how long. He’s like a brother to me, more than a brother.”

And I quote (XIII)…

FORT WORTH Detectives released additional video Tuesday of a man and woman believed to be involved in a fatal hit-and-run in March outside a strip club.

Caught, convicted, court appearance or car-on-car inGlassboro, NJ; Miami, Fla.; Atlanta, Ga.; Frederick, Md.; Aurora, Colo.; East Chicago, Ill.; West Valley City, Utah; Hyattsville, Md.; Memphis, Tenn.; Lake Havasu City, Ariz.; Omaha, Neb.; Indianapolis, Ind.; Arlington, Wash.; Sound Beach, NY; Evansville, Ind.; Staten Island, NY.

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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