Hit-and-Run America, Vol. DCIX

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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.

6556. Foley, Ala. April 28. 66-year-old man fatally struck by a motorcycle which fled the scene.

6557. Garden Grove, Cal. May 4. 43-year-old man badly injured when struck by a white Ford Excursion which fled the scene. (Update: Arrest)

6558. Englewood, Ohio. May 5. 25-year-old pregnant woman injured when struck by a SUV which fled the scene.

6559. Houma, La. May 5. 46-year-old man on bicycle fatally struck by an unidentified vehicle which fled the scene.

6560-62. Baton Rouge, La. May 4. Three cyclists injured when struck by a red four-door Nissan Frontier which fled the scene.

6563. Oakland, Cal. May 4. Man injured when struck by an unidentified vehicle which fled the scene.

6564. McKeesport, Pa. May 5. Pedestrian fatally struck by an unidentified vehicle which fled the scene.

6565. Memphis, Tenn. May 6. Child injured when struck by a black or grey compact car which fled the scene.

6566. Winston Salem, NC. May 4. 58-year-old man badly injured when struck by an unidentified vehicle which fled the scene.

6567. Rochester, NH. May 7. 51-year-old man on bicycle fatally struck by a dark green pickup truck which fled the scene.

6568. Baltimore, Md. March 3. 24-year-old woman fatally struck by a dirt bike which fled the scene.

6569. North Lindenhurst, NY. May 8. 22-year-old woman fatally struck by a vehicle which fled the scene.

6570. St. Louis County, Mo. May 7. 16-year-old male fatally struck by a maroon four-door vehicle which fled the scene.

6571. LaPlace, La. May 7. 55-year-old man on bicycle fatally struck by a vehicle which fled the scene; driver later arrested.

6572. Cincinnati, Ohio. May 8. 41-year-old deaf man injured when struck by a vehicle which fled the scene; driver later arrested.

6573. Buffalo, NY. May 8. Pedestrian injured when struck by a black car which fled the scene.

Related stories:

And I quote (I)…

A 17-year-old Anchorage girl pleaded guilty Monday to criminally negligent homicide and DUI in the death of well-known Anchorage cyclist Jeff Dusenbury last summer.

“It’s not going to bring him back,” said Dusenbury’s wife, Melissa Holder, after the hearing.

But the guilty plea means there will be no trial, bringing her family closer to closure in the legal chapter, she said.

And I quote (II)…

Philadelphia police have arrested a teenager in connection with a hit-and-run crash that seriously injured a Temple University student late last month.

Police would not provide further details on the arrest or the suspect, who is 18.

The crash critically injured Temple lacrosse player Rachel Hall, 22, who was riding her bike on the 1300 block of West Diamond Street when she was hit by a Mitsubishi. Hall suffered serious head trauma and is still in the hospital.

In a Facebook update posted Monday, Hall’s mother wrote that she was unconscious, unresponsive and on a ventilator.

“Every time I hold her hand I hope she will squeeze back, still waiting,” Kathy Hall wrote. She said she planned to walk in Rachel’s place at her graduation ceremony, scheduled for Friday.

And I quote (III)…

Police have arrested two drivers in unrelated accidents that left an aspiring art student dead last summer and a Temple University student critically injured last month.

In the earlier case, Justin Reidy, 22, was standing on the sidewalk, waiting for a bus, on Academy Road near the Northeast Airport just after 3 a.m. on Aug. 1 when a woman driving a 1997 gold Nissan Pathfinder lost control of her speeding car, jumped the curb, hit Reidy and then slammed into a utility pole, knocking it to the ground. Reidy died at the scene, and investigators at the time suspected drunk-driving.

And I quote (IV)…

When a South Bound Brook police officer asked his police chief whether he’d been involved in a hit-and-run last month, the chief drunkenly denied any involvement, according to the officer’s report.

Officer Richard Meinsen, in a report released to NJ Advance Media Tuesday following a public records request, describes recognizing the vehicle involved in an alleged hit-and-run as similar to Chief William King’s, finding the vehicle with damage in the chief’s driveway, and having a conversation in which the chief appeared “too intoxicated to attempt to get any further in-depth statement.”

And I quote (V)…

A Lower Macungie Township man accused of hitting a jogger while driving drunk, fleeing and then telling police “it could have been worse” now faces trial on charges related to the incident.

And I quote (VI)…

“I remember there was a person holding my neck,” Walsh said Tuesday at Craig Rehabilitation Hospital in Englewood while speaking publically for the first time since the crash. “I remember a lot of pain and not being able to feel from the waist down … The next thing I knew, I was being wheeled into the operation room.”

And I quote (VII)…

EAST HARTFORD — Police have charged a local woman involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident last month in which a child was killed.

Hawa Pabai, 30, of 254 School Street, was arrested after her car reportedly hit 8-year-old Carlos Hernandez on Burnside Avenue on April 16.

Hernandez was taken to Hartford Hospital, where he died from his injuries.

Pabai was charged with evading responsibility and operating a motor vehicle without a license, police said.

And I quote (VIII)…

New Orleans police have identified a person of interest in a March 29 hit-and-run on Elysian Fields at North Dorgenois that killed a 72-year-old woman.

And I quote (IX)…

PHILADELPHIA — It wasn’t supposed to be like this.

Mullica Hill native and Temple University senior Rachel Hall was supposed to hear her name called at Friday’s commencement ceremony, take the stage, accept her diploma and walk off into adulthood.

Instead, Hall’s mother accepted the awards for her 22-year-old daughter and Clearview Regional High School graduate who remains on life support at a hospital just a few more minutes north along Broad Street.

“She is with us in spirit, recovering from injuries sustained during a bicycle accident,” Rebecca T. Alpert, senior associate dean of Temple’s College of Liberal Arts, said during the afternoon ceremony at The Liacouras Center.

And I quote (X)…

EAST HARTFORD >> Police have charged an East Hartford woman in connection with a fatal-hit-and-run accident that killed an 8-year-old boy last month.

And I quote

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Police have charged a St. Joseph man today in connection with a hit-and-run crash that left a 5-year-old dead last month.

Jeremy Brian Ulik, 32, is charged with two counts of failing to stop at the scene of an accident in St. Joseph, Minnesota. If convicted, he faces up to six years in jail. He’s scheduled to appear in court next month.

And I quote (XII)…

The driver in a gruesome March hit-and-run crash outside Allentown, and the bar where he allegedly had been drinking, have been sued for civil damages.

And I quote (XIII)…

Alex Alcazar, a 23-year-old Milpitas resident being sought as the primary suspect in a hit-and-run crash in February that left a 14-year-old San Jose girl dead, is still at large.

Caught, convicted, court appearance or car-on-car inHouston, Texas; Bellevue, Wash.; Kansas City, Mo.; Linden, NJ; Derry, NH; Kahului, Hawaii; Foley, Fla.; Las Vegas, Nev.

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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