Hit-and-Run America Vol. XXXIX

U-Caught

U-Caught

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.

259. Washington, D.C. April 8. Commuting bicyclist suffers minor injuries (but bike totaled) after being struck by a dark vehicle with a roof rack that “he believes … was a Volkswagen Jetta, perhaps a 2000 or 2001 year model. Witnesses only got three numbers of the Maryland license plate. Those numbers are 955.”

260. Tukwila, Wash. April 9. 24-year-old woman struck and killed by either or both a “reddish 1990s Cadillac [or] a silver import, possibly a Honda. At least one of the vehicles has extensive front-end damage, and possibly windshield damage.”

261. Las Vegas. April 9. “Jaywalker” in his 40s or 50s struck and killed by ” a four-door, red sedan.” (Dear Las Vegas Now, It doesn’t matter that he was jaywallking. Driver should have stayed behind. And YOU should have made that point clearly.)

Related stories:
Here’s one about a brilliant hit-and-run artist who left the dinged-up U-Haul (pictured) in a police-station parking lot.

Here’s one about a guy finally turning himself in for a Nov. ’09 hit-and-run that resulted in a 9-year-old’s death. (That he turned himself in is a good thing; that he took this long to do so tests my philosophy of forgiving those who accept responsibility for their hit-and-run actions.)

Here’s one about a Green Bay hit-and-run that turned hit-and-return when the passengers, who stayed behind at the scene, got the driver on cell phone and said something to the tune of, “Yo, this 45-year-old woman got hurt. You should probably come back.”

Here’s one about Spokane, Wash. dirtbag Christopher Robinson, who apparently thinks it’s ok to report your hit-and-run vehicle stolen. (If I’m reading this right, he may have driven off an embankment at 100 mph, plunging 200 feet, dusting himself off amid flames and running. Which, if I may dispense with responsible thinking, is pretty bad-ass. But I think he likely got out of the car before it flew. Unclear writing, my bane.)

Here’s a personalizing follow-up to a March 23 fatal hit-and-run in Providence, R.I.

Here’s one about Samaritans swiping a hitter’s keys before he can run. Great stuff.

Here’s one about police in Derry, U.K. grappling with an increase in hit-and-runs.

The list: Nos. 1-17, 18-24, 25-30, 31-39, 40-43, 44-56, 57-64, 65-72, 73-78, 79-82, 83-88, 89-93, 94-104, 105-114, 115-116, 117-118, 119-121, 122-126, 127-128, 129-135, 136-142, 143-154, 155-161, 162-165, 166-172, 173-179, 180-193, 194-198, 199-200, 201-213, 214-219, 220-224, 225-228, 229-231, 232-241, 242-247 248-255 256-258, 259-261.