Hit-and-Run America, Vol. DLXXVIII

Holmesburg (Philly) hit-and-run scene

Holmesburg (Philly) hit-and-run scene

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.

6057. Philadelphia, PA. Dec. 23. 33-year-old woman fatally struck by an older model (1987-1991) dark colored truck, possibly a pick up or tow truck, which fled the scene.

6058. Stockton, Cal. Dec. 23. 70-year-old police investigator fatally struck by a Dodge Caravan which fled the scene.

6059. Henry Co., Va. Dec. 22. Bicyclist fatally struck by an unidentified vehicle which fled the scene.

6060. Reno, Nev. Dec. 22. 54-year-old man fatally struck by a light-colored sedan which fled the scene; driver later surrendered.

6061. Upper Merion, Pa. Christmas Eve. Valet injured when struck by a vehicle which fled the scene; driver captured shortly thereafter.

6062. Falmouth, Mass. Dec. 23. 37-year-old man injured when struck by an unidentified vehicle which fled the scene.

6063-64. Knoxville, Tenn. Christmas Eve. 51-year-old woman and 57-year-old man injured when struck by a white PT Cruiser which fled the scene.

6065. Willowbrook, Cal. Christmas. Pedestrian fatally struck by a maroon pickup truck which fled the scene.

6066. Van Wert, Ohio. Christmas. Pedestrian injured when struck by a silver/grey van which fled the scene.

6067. Brentwood, NY. Christmas. Police officer injured when struck by a Chevy pickup which fled the scene of domestic violence.

6068-69. Midwest City, Okla. Christmas. Man critically injured and daughter treated for injuries after being struck by an unidentified vehicle which fled the scene.

6070. Metarie, La. Christmas Eve. Man injured when struck by an unidentified vehicle which fled the scene.

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Alonso Paulino

Alonso Paulino

And I quote (I)…

The victim’s wife, who said she is alone on Christmas Day, told 7News how upset she was by the incident. “Only the police tell me the people left; he left,” said Cruz, referring to the hit-and-run driver. “Alonso is thrown away in the floor. Those people don’t care if Alonso died or not.”

And I quote (II)…

A year after 11-year-old Moses Galang was fatally injured while crossing Cosumnes River Boulevard near Bruceville Road in south Sacramento, police still seek to identify a hit-and-run driver in the case.

And I quote (III)…

The suspect in a deadly hit-and-run crash in Springfield admitted to police on the night of her arrest that she pulled the victim off of her car and left him in the street after the Dec. 11 collision, according to an investigator’s affidavit filed in Lane County Circuit Court.

And I quote (IV)…

SOUTH PASADENA, Calif. (KABC) – A Whittier woman is in custody as the suspected hit-and-run driver who struck and injured a family of three in South Pasadena.

Tiffani Lowden, 38, is in custody at the Pasadena Jail and is facing three counts of felony hit-and-run. Her bail is set at $50,000.

And I quote (V)…

In May of 2012 Julie Bush was almost killed when a pickup truck ran her over at the intersection of Michigan Avenue and Raymond Road in Emmett Township.

After Newschannel 3 first reported on the story, tips helped detectives track down the primary, and only, suspect.

However, after more than two and a half years, that suspect has not been arrested and the victim wants to know why the man who hit her is still free.

And I quote (VI)…

The hit-and-run epidemic in Colorado continued this year, claiming another 22 lives and injuring more than one person a day in the Denver metro area’s core.

And I quote (VII)…

Some crimes will always go unsolved, but it is disturbing that this county has had five unsolved fatal hit-and-runs within the last five years. Three of them were in the north county district of state Sen. Bryan Simonaire. He has an idea for doing something about this problem, and it’s worth discussion.

Simonaire wants to build on the success of the AMBER Alerts, which spread information on endangered children, and the Silver Alerts, which do the same for missing, frail seniors. Under both programs, information released by the state police pops up on smartphones and is speedily posted on the Internet and electronic highway billboards. Simonaire’s idea: a Yellow Alert system for hit-and-runs.

A bill to set up such a system sailed through both houses of the California legislature last year, only to be vetoed by Gov. Jerry Brown. He explained that since California’s AMBER Alert system had just been expanded to send out information on lost or missing seniors and the disabled, he wanted to make sure it could handle those responsibilities before piling on new ones. The legislation’s sponsor — a Democrat from Los Angeles — is now trying again.

Caught, convicted, court appearance or car-on-car inLas Vegas, Nev.; Caln, Pa.; Carlsbad, Cal.; Dania Beach, Fla.; Tucson, Ariz.; Somerville, Mass.; Frederick Co., Va.; Elizabeth City, NC; Salt Lake City, Utah; Boulder, Colo.; Berlin, NJ; St. Louis, Mo.; Des Moines, Iowa; Pompano Beach, Fla.; Youngstown, Ohio.

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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