Hit-and-Run America, Vol. CDLXXIX



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.

4470. Worcester, Mass. Dec. 3. 39-year-old man injured when struck by an SUV which fled the scene.

4471. San Francisco, Cal. Dec. 3. Pedestrian injured when struck by a four-door rental car which fled the scene.

4472. San Francisco, Cal. Dec. 3. Bicyclist injured when struck by a cab which fled the scene; driver later arrested.

4473. Rochester, NY. Dec. 2. 48-year-old man injured when struck by a silver SUV which fled the scene.

4474. Brick, NJ. Dec. 2. 68-year-old man criticially injured when struck by a dark-red four-door Nissan which fled the scene.

4475. Yuma, Ariz. Dec. 1. 27-year-old man injured when struck by a black four-door passenger car which fled the scene.

4476. Somers, Ct. Dec. 3. Woman injured when struck by an unidentified vehicle which fled the scene.

Houston hit-and-run victim Chelsea Norman

Houston hit-and-run victim Chelsea Norman

4477. Houston, Texas. Dec. 1. 24-year-old woman fatally struck by an unidentified vehicle which fled the scene.

4478. Albuquerque, NM. Dec. 3. 38-year-old man fatally struck by a red SUV which fled the scene.

4479. Desert Hot Springs, Cal. Dec. 3. 28-year-old man on skateboard fatally struck by a gold SUV which fled the scene.

4480. Philadelphia, PA. Dec. 4. Man in his 20s critically injured when struck by a Honda Civic which fled the scene, driver and passenger later caught.

4481. Warsaw, Ind. Dec. 2. 27-year-old man on bicycle injured when struck by an unidentified vehicle which fled the scene.

4482. Kansas City, Kan. Dec. 4. Man’s body found days after being fatally struck by an unidentified vehicle which fled the scene.

4483. Milwaukee, Wisc. Dec. 3. Pedestrian suffers minor injuries after being struck by an unidentified vehicle which fled the scene.

4484. White Plains, NY. Dec. 3. 63-year-old man injured when struck by a minivan or SUV which fled the scene.

4485. Cecil, Pa. Dec. 5. 45-year-old man struck by a blue Chevy Cobalt which fled the scene.

4486. Williamstown, Vt. Dec. 5. Pedestrian injured when struck by a red Subaru wagon which fled the scene.

4487. San Francisco, Cal. Dec. 5. Man in his 20s critically injured struck by a blue or black four-door sedan which fled the scene.

4488. Lyman, SC. Dec. 6. 18-year-old woman fatally struck by three vehicles, including a white car which fled the scene.

4489. Point Beach, NJ. Dec. 5. Man critically injured after being struck by an unidentified vehicle which fled the scene.

4490. Williston, ND. Dec. 5. 31-year-old man killed after being struck by an ATV-hauling pickup truck which fled the scene.

4491. Bellevue, Del. Dec. 6. 63-year-old woman fatally struck by an unidentified vehicle which fled the scene.

4492. Dayton, Ohio. Dec. 5. Man in his 30s critically injured struck by a vehicle which stopped briefly at the scene before fleeing. Would not have faced charges if remained.

Related stories:

Long Beach hit-and-run victim Sandra Davis

Long Beach hit-and-run victim Sandra Davis

And I quote (I)…

In Long Beach, police are hoping public awareness and a family’s plea will help curb the number of hit-and-run crashes, which have reached 188 so far this year.

Detectives worked Tuesday to find the drivers who fled the scenes of the city’s latest hit and runs, which happened less than 2 miles from each other, and less than a week apart.

“My heart just skipped a beat. I didn’t know what to do,” said Latoya Patterson, whose mother Sandra Davis, 43, remained in a coma Tuesday evening, after she was struck on Nov. 22.

And I quote (II)…

Pennsylvania State Police are again calling for any witnesses to a suspected hit-and-run that left a Bethlehem man dead.

Michael J. Mason was found with serious injuries at 7:54 p.m. Friday on the shoulder of Hamilton Boulevard just before Kressler Road in Lower Macungie Township. Mason died from his injuries, the Lehigh County coroner said.

Trooper Justin Summa at the Fogelsville barracks said he’s received one call — which he said is surprising considering how much traffic is normally in that area — since asking for the public’s help.

And I quote (III)…

Hit-and-run suspect pulls knife on officers

And I quote (IV)…

The 24-year-old man charged with crashing into a mother holding her 18-month-old, killing the toddler, hid from police in a crawl space in his house and later cried when he admitted to investigators that he was the driver, according to a criminal complaint released Tuesday.

Thomas Antonio Walker III is charged with hit and run resulting in death, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license causing death and hit and run causing injury. If convicted of all charges, Walker could face a maximum sentence of 31 years and nine months in prison.

And I quote (V)…

Delaware State police have identified the hit-and-run victim who was found along a road in Wilmington.

The woman has been identified as 63-year-old Li Yu Zhang.
“The vehicle fled the scene, we don’t have any vehicle description or operator description at this time. They are working very tirelessly to figure out what kind of vehicle this was,” said Sgt. Paul Shavack, Delaware State Police.

A passing driver discovered the body around 8:45 Friday morning. (H/T Tropic Davis)

And I quote (VI)…

A south Salt Lake City family says they regret showing mercy after they wrote a letter that they had been told may have kept an 18-year-old burglar from being deported.

In 2012, Deryk Robledo was arrested in connection with the burglary of a south Salt Lake City home. The parents of Robledo told the victims that their then, 18-year-old son was in the US.

Robledo’s parents asked that the victims write a letter to the court asking for leniency. David, who asked us not to identify him, says he did just that.

Then fast forward to this weekend, when police arrested that same teenager for allegedly hitting and killing 75-year-old Gerano Zargoza-Valencia. Police say after Rebledo hit the man he sped away then tucked his damaged 2001 BMW in the garage of his in-laws where he was living at the time.

And I quote (VII)…

CLIFTON – Police have identified the man who was struck and killed in a hit-and-run accident as he crossed Lexington and Mahar avenues last month as Clifton resident Ivan Hocko, 77.

And I quote (VIII)…

Pasco (Wash.) Police are still actively looking for the driver that killed a woman in a hit and run last month. She was Juana Figueroa-Figueroa

And I quote (IX)…

A New Milford man was arrested Tuesday in connection with the Oct. 20 accident that killed Weston bicyclist Thomas Steinert-Threlkeld, police said Tuesday night.

Alexander Scott Lee, 21, faces charges, including evading responsibility for a fatal accident, making an improper left turn and tampering with evidence, police said.

And I quote (X)…

The days continue to be painful for the family of 5-year-old Israel Thornton, who was struck and killed in a hit-and-run accident near West 37th Street and Denison Avenue nearly six weeks ago.

While police continue to search for the driver of the SUV that fled the scene, loved ones say all they want this Christmas is closure.

“The family, the church, no one is looking for revenge. … We just want some kind of closure,” explained Brian Timberlake, Israel’s youth pastor. “Israel wanted some things for Christmas and now all that has been stripped from him.”

And I quote (XI)…

BEVERLY – An eye-witness believes the victim of a recent hit-and-run incident should be considered a hero for pushing another potential victim out of harm’s way.

Joseph Browning, 18, was struck by a car Friday at the intersection of Dodson Run Road and U.S. Route 219 outside Beverly.

Jackie Simmons, an eye-witness at the scene, told The Inter-Mountain Tuesday that the relative said Browning pushed him out of the path of the car.

“My sister and I had come up after (the accident) had happened and stopped to help and called 911,” Simmons said by phone.

According to Simmons, the boy said he and Browning were walking on the side of the road when the car appeared. The boy told her Browning pushed him out of the way of the vehicle and instead was struck himself, she said.

“He pushed (the relative) out of the way so that he wouldn’t be struck by the car,” Simmons said. “He was acting as a hero.”

And I quote (XII)…

The City Council committee room fell silent Wednesday when Patrick Dominguez, Dante Dominguez’s brother testified with his two brothers beside him.

“When our brother was killed, we felt like we had nobody,” Patrick Dominguez said. “I just want something to be done, if not for us, then at least for other people.”

Dominguez and several street-safety advocates spoke in support of a bill that would require the police department to report on the steps its officers take to investigate hit-and-run accidents.

The new bill would require NYPD to provide council with biannual reports on investigations of hit-and-run accidents that result in serious injury or death. The bill’s supporters said investigations lack immediate attention, leading to the failure of catching the wrongdoers.

And I quote (XIII)…

An aide to Congresswoman Lois Capps is in jail following a hit and run crash in Santa Barbara that left a woman in critical condition.

It happened just after midnight on Friday in the 500 block of Anacapa Street.

Santa Barbara police say the driver, Raymond Morua, 32, struck the 27-year old woman, but kept going. Witnesses say he stopped briefly to look back at the scene, but drove off.

And I quote (XIV)…

A Franklin County man faces criminal charges after his truck’s manure spreader ran over and injured a pedestrian at Ag Progress Days this summer.

Scott Ridenour, 36, of Greencastle, allegedly left the scene of the Aug. 15 crash on the grounds of Ag Progress Days in Ferguson Township and did not report it to police, according to the charging document Penn State police filed this week.

Instead, police said, Ridenour called his employer, who advised him to keep going.

Police said the pedestrian suffered a broken hip from the crash, but police didn’t identify the person.

The crash happened as the pedestrian was knocked to the ground by the manure spreader’s tires, which then ran over the person’s foot and caused the injuries.

Haley Smith

Haley Smith

And I quote (XV)…

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — If Haley Smith were still alive today she’d be anxious celebrating her 16th birthday this Saturday.
It’s been almost three weeks since she was killed by a hit-and-run driver, who police said is still on the run in St. JohnsCounty.

“I know that somewhere, someone knows something. They have the missing key,” said Smith’s mother, Jo-lee Manning.

All investigators have is a mirror that snapped off during the impact.

Action News had learned that mirror could belong to a number of different trucks and SUVs. Manning said she was just informed by police Thursday that their search is going cold.

“They had made contact with about 95 percent of the vehicles that fit the description in the county,” said Manning.

We first told you that a gold pickup was the vehicle in question. Now we’re told the truck could be any color. Police said tips are still coming in and word this week that the reward has been increased to $6,000 has the family praying someone will speak up.

“Just do the right thing. We’re not out for revenge; we just want closure and to understand why,” said Manning.

And I quote (XVI)…

ELIZABETH CITY — Elizabeth City Police credit social media sites for identifying an alleged hit and run suspect.

According to police, a 3-year-old child was struck on Cardwell Street Wednesday while getting the mail with his mother.

The woman driving the car initially got out of the car but then left without giving any information, police said.

Police then posted a partial vehicle desicpription and possible suspect description to Facebook and received a tip within 24 hours.

Caught, convicted, court appearance or car-on-car inYork, Pa.; San Leandro, Cal.; Savannah, Ga.; Lakeland, Fla.; Costa Mesa, Cal.; Highland, Cal.; Aurora, Colo.; Boise, Idaho; DeKalb Co., Ga.; Palmyra, Pa.; Marshall, Mich.; Hyattsville, Md.; Huntington Beach, Cal.; Bluffton, SC; Tacoma, Wash.; Highland, Cal.; Los Angeles, Cal.; West Palm Beach, Cal.; Shreveport, La.; Camp Hill, Pa.; Seneca Falls, NY; Memphis, Tenn.

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