Hit-and-Run America, Vol. DLXXVI

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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.

6021. Newton, Mass. Dec. 16. 23-year-old woman injured when struck by a four-door sedan which fled the scene.

6022. Tallahassee, Fla. Dec. 14. Pedestrian injured when struck by a Crown Vic or Grand Marquis which fled the scene.

6023. Fort Wayne, Ind. Dec. 16. 42-year-old man fatally struck by an unidentified vehicle which fled the scene.

6024. Teaneck, NJ. Dec. 17. 18-year-old woman injured when struck by an older-model SUV which fled the scene.

6025. Simpsonville, SC. Dec. 18. 62-year-old man fatally struck by a 1999-2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee which fled the scene.

6026-38. Redondo Beach, Cal. Dec. 17. 3 killed and an estimated 10 others injured (to various degrees) when struck by a vehicle which fled the scene; driver later arrested.

6039. Alpena, Mich. Dec. 18. 17-year-old female injured when struck by a pickup truck which fled the scene.

Related stories:

And I quote (I)…

The 23-year-old was riding her bike home around 1:00 a.m. on Oct. 12 after hanging out with some friends. Police said a driver in a 1980s Ford white pickup truck struck Conner near West Point Loma Boulevard and Sunset Cliffs Boulevard, and then took off.

Conner suffered a traumatic brain injury and doesn’t remember the crash or her first two weeks in intensive care.

After six weeks in outpatient therapy, she’s made incredible progress.

“I don’t try to focus on ‘Why did this happen to me’ or ‘I hope they find the person.’ Of course I hope they do, but for now it’s just about getting better,” Conner said.

And I quote (II)…

By the time George O. Humphrey killed Cheltenham Walmart supervisor Michelle Powell in 2011, he had eight convictions for moving violations, including driving on a suspended license.

Because he paid 5 percent of his fines – $160 of $3,055 – the court issued no warrants until after the hit-and-run that killed Powell, 53, as she was crossing Cheltenham Avenue to catch the bus after work.

“In this city they just don’t care,” said her widower, Frankie Powell of West Oak Lane. “They got all these people running around with no licenses, no insurance. Sooner or later, they kill or maim someone.”

And I quote (III)…

METHUEN, Mass. —The driver of the bus that a Methuen teen was about to board when he was struck by a hit-and-run driver on Monday said seeing the boy’s parents race to the scene after the crash was heartbreaking.

And I quote (IV)…

BRIDGEPORT — Michael Agyei, 11, knows what he’d like for Christmas. The same thing his dad and his older brother and sister want: information on his mother’s hit-and-run death.

And I quote (V)…

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – Police have developed new information that they hope may help locate the vehicle involved in a Nov. 14 hit-and-run crash on Delilah Road.

And I quote (VI)…

LAS CRUCES >> Three days after two 16-year-old twin sisters were injured in a hit-and-run-crash on Picacho Avenue, Las Cruces police arrested the driver on Thursday evening, charging him with a slew of offenses, including a felony.

From the international files…
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SEOUL, December 16 (Korea Bizwire) – The Busan Metropolitan Police Agency found the perpetrators of a potentially unsolvable hit-and-run accident by promoting the case on its Facebook page. After reaching the 3 million hits, one of the offenders turned himself in leading to the arrest of the other criminal.

And I quote (VIII)…

SAN ANTONIO – The pursuit of a man wanted in a deadly hit-and-run leads to the fatal shooting of that man at the hands of a San Antonio police officer Wednesday afternoon on the West Side.

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FULTON COUNTY, Ga — Police are reviving a five month old hit-and-run crash that took the life of a 66-year-old man who was walking along a South Fulton County road. They never found the driver of the car that killed him.

And I quote (X)…

Evans police said Wednesday they think they have new evidence in the fatal hit and run death of handyman Barry Moss a year ago that could set the stage for more grand jury action in the case.

And I quote (XI)…

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — A woman’s plea deal in the hit-and-run crash that killed a UCF graduate doesn’t sit well with friends of the victim.

And I quote (XII)…

“A father, a husband, a good friend was lost,” Hutzell said.

And I quote (XIII)…

(STMW) – A north suburban man struck by an SUV in a hit-and-run accident on Sunday night has died, and police are looking for both the driver and the vehicle.

And I quote (XIV)…

The impact from the crash had flipped Reynaga up on the car’s roof, where he got stuck in the luggage rack, according to police.

Reynaga was carried 12 blocks atop Isabel McDaniel’s car before she stopped, got out, pulled him off the top of the car and left him on the side of the road, Sgt. David Lewis said.

Caught, convicted, court appearance or car-on-car inIndianapolis, Ind.; Boise, Idaho; Oshkosh, Wisc.; El Paso, Texas; Los Angeles, Cal.; Bridgeport, Ct.; Rahway, NJ; Clarksville, Tenn.; Nashville, Tenn.; Anaheim, Cal.

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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