Hit-and-Run America, Vol. DXXII

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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.

5143-44. Scranton, Pa. May 16. 21-year-old woman and four-year-old boy struck by a black Ford pickup which fled the scene. (H/T Lisa DePaulo)

5145. Boise, Idaho. May 13. Bicyclist injured when struck by a green Saturn which fled the scene.

5146. Detroit, Mich. May 13. Double amputee in wheelchair killed when struck by a semi truck which fled the scene.

5147. Detroit, Mich. May 12. 23-year-old woman critically injured when struck by a dark-colored Jeep Cherokee which fled the scene.

5148. Arkansas City, Ark. May 13. 11-year-old boy injured when struck by a red four-door car which fled the scene.

5149. Englewood, NJ. May 13. 49-year-old man fatally struck by a large truck, bus or tractor trailer which fled the scene.

5150. Jackson, Miss. May 14. 33-year-old man critically injured when struck by an unidentified vehicle which fled the scene.

5151. Denver, Colo. May 14. Man injured when struck by a white Dodge Challenger which fled the scene.

5152-54. Brockton, Mass. May 15. Three children (all 6 or 7) injured when struck by a vehicle which fled the scene; driver later arrested.

5155. Hagerstown, Md. May 15. Man injured when struck by a white passenger car which fled the scene.

5156. Amarillo, Texas. May 16. Teen girl injured when struck by a red Ford Mustang which fled the scene.

5157. Galt, Cal. May 13. Man fatally struck by an unidentified vehicle which fled the scene.

5158. Indianapolis, Ind. May 16. Pedestrian injured when struck by an unidentified vehicle which fled the scene.

5159. Buckingham Twp., Pa. May 16. Pedestrian fatally struck by a white extended-cab pickup truck which fled the scene.

5160. Erlanger, Ky. May 17. 29-year-old woman fatally struck by an unidentified vehicle which fled the scene.

5161. Meadville, Pa. May 17. Pedestrian injured when struck by an unidentified vehicle which fled the scene.

5162. Los Angeles, Cal. May 16. 13-year-old boy injured when struck by a white Toyota Corolla which fled the scene.

Related stories:

And I quote (I)…

CONCORD, Vt. – Vermont State Police say a student was hurt in a hit-and-run Monday morning and a staffer at his school is the prime suspect.

And I quote (II)… (H/T @PPDJoeMurray and @ChiefMChitwood)

UPPER DARBY — An off-duty Upper Darby police officer who witnessed an alleged hit and run accident assisted in the arrest of the driver.

Markeece Lamont Spencer, 23, of the 4100 block of Garrett Road, Drexel Hill, was taken into custody after a brief chase shortly before 9 a.m. Friday May 16 on Garrett Road.

According to police Superintendent Michael Chitwood, Officer Ryan Wiseley was off-duty and headed to district court for a hearing when he witnessed a hit and run accident.

“He saw a Ford Expedition making a sudden U-turn and hit another car,” Chitwood said. “The defendant took off and Wiseley was smart enough to follow him while contacting police dispatch. Police were able to apprehend the hit and run driver because of Wiseley. It was a nice piece of police work.

“The defendant was operating a vehicle with a suspended license and has an extensive criminal record of guns, drugs and assaults. His weapon on Friday was a Ford Expedition. He shouldn’t have been on the road. Fortunately no one got hurt.”

And I quote (III)…

SAN BERNARDINO >> Police have video they believe could lead them to witnesses who may have seen a hit-and-run crash that claimed the life of 2-year-old Asianae Thomas.

And I quote (IV)…

SANTA ANA – A viewing and rosary will be held today for a 32-year- old Los Angeles police officer who was killed in a hit-and-run crash that resulted in murder charges against an SUV driver accused of deliberately ramming the officer’s patrol car in Harbor City.

And I quote (V)…

The CEO of Nextdoor, a social network designed to help neighbors connect with each other and police, was charged Wednesday with felony hit-and-run for allegedly fleeing a crash on Highway 101 in Brisbane that left a woman injured.

Nirav Tolia, 42, is also facing a civil lawsuit accusing him of negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress in the crash last year that injured Patrice Motley of San Francisco.

“It’s ironic that the CEO of a company that is holding itself out as trying to promote neighborliness, crime watch and things like that flees the scene of an accident that he caused and doesn’t bother to call 911 or stay around to exchange information or see if he caused any injuries,” said Motley’s attorney, Joseph Brent.

And I quote (VI)…

Metro Police arrested a man in connection with a hit-and-run on Wednesday afternoon that left a 16-year-old girl walking near Clark High School in serious condition.

Ronald Martin, 61, of Las Vegas, was booked into Clark County Detention Center on charges of DUI with substantial bodily harm and felony hit-and-run, according to a Metro press release.

And I quote (VII)…

CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) – Corpus Christi police have released surveillance footage of the May 11 hit and run on the corner Harmon and Mary streets, which resulted in injuries to a 56-year old pedestrian. They are hoping the public will call them with any information about this crime.

And I quote (VIII)…

AURORA | The wife of Aurora fire chief Mike Garcia is facing a felony hit-and-run charge after police say she slammed an SUV into the back of a Hyundai on Wednesday night and fled the Aurora scene, leaving two children in the Hyundai hurt.

25521481_BG7 And I quote (IX)…

WAIKIKI (HawaiiNewsNow) – In Jill Hansen’s last Facebook post, she bragged about becoming a professional surfer.

The time stamp shows she made that claim hours after a hit-and-run accident that seriously injured an elderly woman.

According to police, it was a road rage incident. Hansen followed 73-year old Elizabeth Conklin to her Waikiki condo on Kalakaua Avenue about noon Wednesday.

Witnesses told police, Hansen hit Conklin as she got out of her car, then reversed to hit her again.

A good samaritan, Chris Khory, grabbed a crowbar, and broke out the back window of the Volkswagen Passat. Khory works at the complex. His actions sent the driver running.

Hansen was arrested about seven hours later at an apartment complex in the Manoa area.

This isn’t her first run in with police. She has a pending assault case and in a separate case was ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation.

There is also an active restraining order filed by her father. According to the court documents, her father says she used Facebook to find someone to murder him and his family.

She has multiple, unintelligible rants on the social media site. She claims to be a professional surfer and model and lashes out at critics.

And I quote (X)…

A family was in mourning Friday after a grandmother who played piano at church for more than 30 years was killed in a hit-and-run crash, and police were searching for the driver.

The 88-year-old pianist, Livia Jansen, was described as “the kind of grandma everybody wants.”

“It’s very difficult,” church member Maggie Anguiano said. “It’s more than losing a family member, because that’s the type of person she was. The minute you met her, she embraced you as if she knew you all her life.”

And I quote (XI)…

PHOENIX (KSAZ) – She’s accused of running over her boyfriend, driving off, and leaving him dying on the side of the road.

On Thursday 20-year-old, Brittney Nolan was placed behind bars again.

And I quote (XII)…

EVANS, N.Y. – A grand jury decided there is not enough evidence to charge an Evans woman who is a person of interest in a hit and run accident that killed a 52 year old man.

A cross remains at a place on route five in the town of Evans where a man was lost tragically and signs are staked in the ground in front of homes- that say ‘pray for justice’

52 year old Barry Moss was killed in a hit and run in late December. Thursday, a grand jury no billed the potential charges against the person of interest in the case, Gabriele Ballowe in the hit and run fatality. This means no criminal charges were filed.

“You need to prove a statue that this person knew they struck a human being and left a person there,” Evans Police Chief Ernie Masulla said. “There is not enough evidence according to the grand jurors to prove that.”

Caught, convicted, court appearance or car-on-car in … Slidell, La.; Gilroy, Texas; Tulsa, Okla.; Sacramento, Cal.; Richmond, Cal.; Las Vegas, Nev.; Jackson, NJ; Joliet, Ill.; Charleston, SC; Southern Pines, NC; Brooklyn, NY; Panama City Beach, Fla.; Beaverton, Oreg.; Everett, Wash.; San Angelo, Texas; Rockford, Ill.; Concord, NC; Bayshore, NY; Fort Worth, Texas; St. Augustine, Fla.; North Myrtle Beach, SC; New Castle, Pa.; Henry County, Ga.

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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