Hit-and-Run America, Vol. DXXIV

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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.

5177. Phoenix, Ariz. May 22. 49-year-old woman fatally struck by a maroon vehicle which fled the scene.

5178. Silver Lake, Cal. May 21. Pedestrian injured when struck by a light-colored BMW which fled the scene.

5179-81. Seattle, Wash. May 23. 32-year-old woman, her 9-month-old daughter and family dog injured when struck by a maroon Acura or a dark-brown Mercedes which fled the scene.

5182. Seattle, Wash. May 22. Bicyclist injured when struck by an unidentified vehicle which fled the scene.

5183. Pikesville, Md. May 23. Woman in her 50s injured when struck by a silver vehicle which fled the scene.

5184. Denver, Colo. May 24. Woman injured when struck by an SUV which fled the scene.

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Matthew Lenhardt

Matthew Lenhardt

And I quote

BIRDSBORO, Pa. – Police in Birdsboro are searching for the driver who struck a 6-year-old boy on Mother’s Day and fled the scene.

“It’s not right,” said Nathan Lenhardt, the victim’s stepfather.

Police said it happened shortly after 1 p.m. in the 100 block of S. Orange St., an alleyway behind the family’s home.

Lenhardt said he and his wife were working in their garage, as Matthew was walking his bicycle just feet away.

“A car came flying down the alley… hit him, slowed down right in here and actually just took off, kept going… you can see actually the tire marks,” said Lenhardt.

And I quote (II)… (H/T Dan F.)

NORCROSS, Ga –Two sisters are accused of trying to cover up the hit-and-run fatality of an 85-year-old Norcross man, according to Gwinnett County Police. The case took a bizarre twist in court for police to determine which sister was driving the hit-run vehicle.

And I quote (III)…

A City of Poughkeepsie teen must undergo medical treatment and physical therapy after he was hit by a van, city police said.

And I quote (IV)…

TULSA, Okla. – Tulsa police officers are crediting the Hispanic community for helping them to crack a fatal hit-and-run case.

In February, Angela Young, 57 was crossing the intersection of 3rd and Lewis around 7 p.m. when a white van struck and killed her then fled. The vehicle quickly disappeared.

Officers believed the suspect may have been from the Tulsa area.

After several months, Sgt. Chris Witt with the Gilcrease Division says the investigation was at a halt. That was until this week.

“Based on the information from the lady who called in on the Hispanic hotline, we were able to locate, our suspect, locate a couple of witnesses and make an arrest in the case,” Witt said.

Fernando Jaramillo, 42 was arrested at his home, just three blocks away from the crime scene.

And I quote (V)…

VANCOUVER, WA (KPTV) – A man who hit a pedestrian and drove off in Vancouver, only to then report his SUV had been stolen, will spend five years behind bars.

James Schellhas, 28, of Yacolt, pleaded guilty to charges of vehicular assault and felony hit-and-run resulting in injuries Wednesday.

And I quote (VI)…

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. – A driver was ambushed inside a vehicle Thursday morning by his passenger’s husband and was later struck and killed by a car in New Smyrna Beach, according to police.

New Smyrna Beach police said Darrell Fitzwater, 38, and his girlfriend, Donna Lynam, were driving westbound on State Road 44 at 6 a.m. when Lynam’s husband, Donald, came out of hiding from the back of the van and attacked Fitzwater.

And I quote (VII)…

SALISBURY TWP., Pa. – A woman charged in a hit-and-run crash that critically injured a toddler in Allentown has learned her fate. April Frame of Salisbury Township was sentenced Thursday to 9 to 23 months in prison. Police say Frame struck 3-year-old Annabelle Ruth in the 700 block of Saint John Street back in October and then drove off.

And I quote (VIII)…

Mundelein police reported that they have interviewed a motorist who may have been involved a hit and run incident that resulted in the death of a bicyclist Wednesday night. In an emailed update, the police reported:

“The subject came in voluntarily and indicated that he may have been involved in the accident which resulted in the death of Mr. Roderwald. The suspect vehicle, which is a Ford pickup truck, is in custody and being processed for additional evidence at this time. No charges have been filed, pending further investigation and review by the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office.”

And I quote (IX)…

Detroit Police have arrested a man they say they believe was the driver in a hit-and-run crash earlier this week that left a girl with critical injuries as she stood near an ice cream truck.

And I quote (X)…

Lebanon man implicated in hit-and-run crash gave people ‘the finger’ before running stop sign, police say

Caught, convicted, court appearance or car-on-car in … Clearfield, Utah; Wilsonville, Oreg.; Philadelphia, Pa.; Virginia Beach, Va.; Portland, Oreg.; Oakland, Cal.; St. Louis, Mo.; Randolph, Mass.; Colorado Springs, Colo.; Richmond Twp., Mich.; Brooklyn, NY; Las Vegas, Nev.; Lincoln County, NC; Waynesboro, Va.; Aurora, Colo.

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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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