Hit-and-Run America, Vol. DCXIV

BERT JOHNSON - Tiffany Green (center) shows a photo of her daughter, Alana Williams, who was killed in a hit-and-run crash in 2009. Alana is survived by four siblings, including Joshua Williams Green (left) and A'zoria Williams Green.

BERT JOHNSON – Tiffany Green (center) shows a photo of her daughter, Alana Williams, who was killed in a hit-and-run crash in 2009. Alana is survived by four siblings, including Joshua Williams Green (left) and A’zoria Williams Green.

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.

6654-56. Antoich, Cal. Memorial Day. Three pedestrians suffer minor injuries when struck by a vehicle which fled the scene (after the driver fired several gunshots.

6657. Lafayette, Ind. May 22. 28-year-old man injured when struck by an unidentified vehicle which fled the scene.

6658. Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Memorial Day. 19-year-old man injured when struck by a four-door vehicle which fled the scene.

6659. Bakersfield, Cal. Memorial Day. Elderly man fatally struck by an unidentified vehicle which fled the scene.

6660. Rockford, Ill. May 27. 31-year-old man fatally struck by an unidentified vehicle which fled the scene.

6661. Dayton, Ohio. May 26. Child injured when struck by a blue SUV which fled the scene.

6662. New York City, NY. May 27. 42-year-old neurological surgery professor on bicycle fatally struck by a 2002 Mercedes which fled the scene.

6663. Fremont, Cal. May 28. 13-year-old girl injured when struck by an unidentified vehicle which fled the scene.

Related stories:

And I quote (I)…

Durham, N.C. — It’s painful for Karla Razo to think about her uncle’s last moments alive.

Isidro Razo, 49, was riding his bicycle westbound on Angier Avenue when he was struck by a vehicle early Sunday. His body was found hours later by passers-by.

“I can’t imagine how long he was laying there maybe bleeding to death,” Karla Razo said.

Police are still searching for the driver, and a video released by Rhodes Auto Repair may help.

And I quote (II)…

Some days, Tiffany Green struggles to get out of bed. It’s been more than five years since her eleven-year-old daughter, Alana Williams, was killed on the streets of East Oakland, but at times, the grief feels just as heavy as it did on the day she lost her child.

“It doesn’t get better. It just gets harder and harder,” said Green, 32, in a recent interview. “I sit and wonder how she would be turning sixteen.”

Just after 8 a.m. on October 16, 2009, Alana, a sixth-grade student, got off an AC Transit bus on 64th Avenue and Foothill Boulevard on her way to Frick Middle School.

After she took a few steps into the crosswalk, a black vehicle crashed into the young girl, according to the Oakland Police Department’s official report. Police wrote that Alana was pinned under the vehicle, and that the driver, in an attempt to flee the scene, ran over her a second time.

By the time Green arrived at Highland Hospital, it was too late. Her daughter was already dead.

And I quote (III)…

The mother of a Coplay woman hit by a truck and left seriously injured on a Lehigh County road has a message for the driver who took off: I’m going to find you.

On Jan. 20 Jennifer Dietrich was done with work at the McDonald’s on Route 873 in North Whitehall Township, and was crossing the nearby intersection when she was hit.

The 42-year-old Dietrich suffered a myriad of injuries and had been hospitalized for three months, her mother, Delores Miller said. As her daughter has struggled to recover, Miller has been on a mission to find whoever was behind the wheel.

LINDSAY1 And I quote (IV)…

COLUMBIA, SC (WACH) – The Columbia Police are still looking for answers in a 2012 hit and run accident that left a cardiac nurse seriously injured.

Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook says a $25,000 award is being offered for any answers leading to an arrest.

The accident took place September 16, 2012 as Lindsay Bires was standing on the sidewalk on Medical Park Drive.

Witnesses have stated that a white car ran off the road twice before striking Bires. The driver did not stop or render aid.

Witnesses gave aid to Bires as medical personnel arrived.

To this day, Bires still goes through intense physical and speech therapy on her road to recovery.

“Whoever did this does not to deserve to be on the street to this to another person and family. Please help our family have some sense of justice in this horrible crime and turn in the person who drove that white car into Lindsay and left her barely breathing,” said Susan Bires, Lindsay’s mother.

Columbia Police is urging anyone with any information, no matter how small, to call CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

And I quote (V)…

NEW HOLLAND, Pa. —The family of 15-year-old Ryan Sherman will be paying a reward after police arrested a man for the crime. The Sherman family will pay 500 dollars to the person who helped police.

And I quote (VI)…

CLARKSON, KY (WAVE) – Authorities are searching for a hit-and-run suspect who allegedly threatened to kill a couple before hitting them with his vehicle and driving away.

And I quote (VII)…

NASHUA — Cara Smith, a Nashua woman accused of striking and killing a homeless man while drunk driving last year, will spend 3-6 years in prison for the offense.

And I quote (VIII)…

Rufus Henry Overbay Jr. was supposed to turn 43 on Tuesday.

Unlike previous birthday celebrations for the man affectionately called “Rudy,” Tuesday’s involved family and friends gathered along a small swath of sidewalk along East State Boulevard, near Kentucky Avenue, as the afternoon slowly faded into evening.

They wore T-shirts with Overbay’s picture on them and pointed to the street, right across from the Acme Tavern, showing where a woman just happened to drive by to find him laying at about 12:40 a.m. on Dec. 16.

“It’s somewhere right here,” his sister Tonya Morgan said, motioning at the asphalt.

Sometime before the woman who found him came by, someone else in a car struck Overbay. That person left the scene, leaving not only a badly injured man – still alive – but also debris from a headlight assembly.

Medics rushed Overbay to a hospital, but he died from blunt force trauma nine minutes after arriving.

Shortly after his death, Fort Wayne police released a grainy surveillance video taken from Acme that shows a sedan – dark in color, possibly red or maroon – in the area at the exact time someone struck Overbay.

But in the months since, there hasn’t been much else.

“Nobody has come forward,” Morgan said.

And I quote (IX)…

SIMPSONVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) – While it has been more than five months since Richard Hurley was killed in a hit-and-run, Simpsonville police Chief Keith Grounsell said investigators are still actively seeking new leads.

And I quote (X)…

CLEVELAND – Police have released video footage in the hit-and-run accident that killed 14-year-old Chelsea Hill early Monday morning.

And I quote (XI)…

A 26-year-old man Thursday turned himself in to authorities for his involvement in a fatal hit-and-run crash that took the life of Fredrick Harris less than a week ago, Baton Rouge Police Cpl. L’jean McKneely said.

Terrance Kirklin was arrested and charged with felony hit and run and driving under suspension.

Fredrick Harris, 49, died Saturday, (May 23) after he was struck by a vehicle as he attempted to cross over Airline Highway while riding his bicycle.

And I quote (XII)…

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Tom Hamilton, the former chairman of the borough’s Independence party, is accused of striking a man with his car outside his Grymes Hill home and leaving the scene, possibly as part of a dispute over feral cats.
Hamilton, 76, backed his vehicle into a 36-year-old New Brighton man on May 5, outside of Hamilton’s home on Arlo Road, according to police.

Caught, convicted, court appearance or car-on-car inLynn, Mass.; Louisville, Ky.; Cheyenne, Wyo.; Silver Springs Twp., Pa.; Birmingham, Ala.; Anchorage, Alaska; Mt. Olive, NJ; New Lenox, Ill.; Manhattan, Kans.; Garfield Heights, Ohio; Orlando, Fla.; Ft. Myers, Fla.; Indianapolis, Ind.; South Bend, Ind.

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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