Hit-and-Run America, Vol. DLVI

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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.

5659. Grand Junction, Colo. Sept. 21. Woman on bicycle injured when struck by a white Subaru which fled the scene.

5660. San Tan Valley, Ariz. Sept. 21. 18-year-old man critically injured when struck by a white SUV which fled the scene.

5661. Rochester, NY. Sept. 21. 33-year-old man injured when struck by two vehicles, the first of which fled the scene.

5662. East Hampton, Ct. Sept. 23. Crossing guard injured when struck by a vehicle which was forced into him by a red car which fled the scene.

5663. Denver, Colo. Sept. 24. Pedestrian injured when struck by an unidentified vehicle which fled the scene.

5664. Louisville, Ky. Sept. 24. 15-year-old girl on bicycle injured when struck by an SUV which fled the scene.

5665-68. Miami, Fla. Sept. 24. Four pedestrians injured when struck by a vehicle involved in a carjacking which fled the scene; suspect later arrested.

5669-70. Brooklyn, NY. Sept. 17. 70-year-old woman and 2-year-old boy injured when struck by a blue SUV which fled the scene.

5671. Union Square, NYC, NY. Sept. 28. 33-year-old man fatally struck by an unidentified vehicle which fled the scene.

5672. San Angelo, Texas. Sept. 25. 47-year-old disabled woman injured when struck by a Lincoln four-door vehicle which fled the scene.

5673. North Hollywood, Cal. Sept. 25. 31-year-old man fatally struck by a 1990s light-colored, four-door sedan which fled the scene.

5674. Arleta, Cal. Sept. 26. 40-year-old man in wheelchair fatally struck by a maroon Cadillac SUV or truck which fled the scene.

5675. Las Vegas, Nev. Sept. 26. Child injured when struck by a vehicle which fled the scene; returned an hour later.

5676. Kochville Twp., Mich. Sept. 25. 61-year-old man fatally struck by a 2014 Dodge Ram which fled the scene.

5677. Portland, Oreg. Sept. 26. Man injured when struck by a blue or grey SUV which fled the scene.

5678. Saluda Co., SC. Sept. 26. 16-year-old male fatally struck by an unidentified vehicle which fled the scene.

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And I quote (I)…

When he got to the scene, witnesses told Brad a black pick up truck hit Connie from behind while she was riding her bicycle, sending her flying several feet into the air.

“She was doing nothing wrong and was simply struck by a coward that ran off,” Brad said.

More than 12 hours later, Brad is worried investigators aren’t doing enough to find the person responsible.

“I have not been contacted by the police. They didn’t come to the hospital. They threw the piece of plastic away at the trauma center. And I’m just wondering what’s going on,” he said.

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Las Vegas police are seeking a driver who ran over and killed a man who was sleeping under a semi-truck trailer over the weekend.

Police initially said they weren’t sure the truck driver knew the man had been run over. But Monday they said they are classifying the investigation as a hit-and-run.

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Orlando cop accused of hit-and-run involving bicyclist will not face charges

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Shortly before Judith Nemeth struck and killed Zachary Paul Tyler as he rode his bicycle on Wrightsville Avenue, the two strangers stood in line about 10 p.m. June 13, 2013, at a nearby convenience store, surveillance video shows.

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State Police have arrested and charged a man in connection with Tuesday’s fatal hit-and-run in Lewiston.

Thirty-two-year-old Laudrinha Kubeloso was hit from behind by at the corner of Birch and Howe Streets. She died a few hours later at the hospital. She was four months pregnant. Friends said Kubeloso was walking home from the Lewiston Multi-Purpose Center where she had just finished taking an English Language class.

Investigators are calling this a case of domestic violence homicide.

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Hit-and-run drivers will face civil penalties up to $10,000 under a bill passed by City Council on Tuesday.

“There are few things that are worse than leaving another human being, who could be saved, to die in the streets,” said Councilman James Van Bramer (D-Queens), the bill’s lead sponsor. “We had to do something. There were too many vigils.”

There have been 27,729 hit-and-run instances citywide through Sunday this year, a 6.8 percent increase since 2013, according to figures provided by the city. Those causing injury are down, but hit-and-runs with property damage are up 8.4 percent citywide.

On Staten Island, there have been 1,658 hit-and-runs so far this year.

Under the new law, drivers who leave the scene of an accident would be subject to various levels of civil penalties. A fine of $500 would be issued if there is property damage. If someone is injured, a hit-and-run driver would have to pay $1,000 to $2,000. Serious injuries would result in a penalty between $2,000 and $10,000.

If someone is killed during the accident, the penalty would be $5,000 to $10,000.

“You cannot put a price on human life, but this legislation sends a message that we care for all individuals who are hurt on our streets,” said Ydanis Rodriguez (D-Manhattan), chair of the Council’s Committee on Transportation.

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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WJCL) — Chatham County Superior Court Chief Judge Michael Karpf sentenced a Wilmington Island woman to 15 years in prison with ten to serve on Tuesday for her involvement in the vehicular homicide death of Jonathan Edwards in the early morning of Nov. 28, 2013.

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A pregnant woman and her child were killed in a hit-and-run collision Tuesday afternoon in Lewiston and police sought her boyfriend for questioning in connection with the case.

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Jason Pepple made a direct plea Tuesday to the driver of the hit-and-run that killed his 23-month-old daughter.
“I ask them to do the right thing and come forward,” he said at a press conference in Minot.

Zofia Kristal Pepple of New Town was fatally struck Aug. 31 in the 200 block of 11th Avenue Southeast, as her mother Chantelle was trying to coax her into the family car after visiting a friend in Minot.

Police announced a reward fund in hopes of developing new leads in the case. The reward is set at $3,000 with up to an additional $1,000 available through Crime Stoppers. The reward is for information that leads to an arrest or brings closure to the case, police said.

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“I don’t remember, maybe it’s the impact with my head. I try remembering with my girlfriend what happened,” Cruz-Guzman said with his bilingual Spanish-English attorney Erika Flores translating.

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NEWAYGO COUNTY, MI — A pedestrian who was struck and killed in a hit-and-run crash near Bitely is the same person who police say was the driver in a July car-cyclist crash that killed well-known Grand Rapids photographer Jeff Dykehouse.

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“They don’t understand he’s gone,” said Stephanie Allred, of Logan. “They think I’m mean because I won’t let them see their dad.”

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A Los Angeles police sergeant’s daughter was sentenced to two years in prison Thursday for trying to cover up a hit-and-run collision that killed a cyclist in Gardena.

Vanessa Marie Yanez’s sentencing comes more than a month after she pleaded no contest to misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter for hitting 60-year-old cyclist Jesse Dotson Jr. She also entered the same plea for leaving the scene of an accident and perjury — both of which are felonies, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.

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“It’s horrible to see that there’s people that really don’t care in the road sometimes because they say, ‘Oh, I’ll make it. I’ll make it,’ and the next thing you know, you just caused a major tragedy,” said Rodriguez.

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According to the arrest report, Fruscella said he thought he’d hit a mailbox that night, but days later when media reports of Paula Abdullah’s death reported police were looking for a black Toyota Tacoma truck, Fruscella called his lawyer. The lawyer contacted police, and DNA evidence from Fruscella’s vehicle showed it was the one that hit Paula Abdullah.

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The suspect then sped off, but his car broke down about a mile away at a gas station on Hamlet Avenue.

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And I quote (XVII)…

For years, Wilson Kneebone has been a danger behind the wheel. He has multiple convictions for drunken driving and has been arrested before for hit and run. His father told police that he worried about his son’s alcohol abuse, and would fear the worst every time Kneebone was late getting home.

Last year, those fears were realized when Kneebone hit and nearly killed Lafayette College freshman Aubrey Baumbach as she walked in Easton after crew practice. Though he stopped his sport utility vehicle and promised to get help, he never returned. And when police showed up at his house, he tried to run out the back door.

All those facts were recounted Friday as Kneebone stood before Northampton County Judge Jennifer Sletvold for a Nov. 8 wreck that left the 18-year-old Baumbach permanently disabled and in a coma for months. Kneebone was sentenced to serve 15 months to seven years in state prison — the maximum penalty he faced under guidelines for the charges he previously admitted to.

And I quote (XVIII)…

“We don’t know who hit him (or) why they left him in the street to die as road kill,” Guzman said.

And I quote (XIX)…

Driver commits hit-and-run after fleeing Roseville methadone clinic

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