Hit-and-Run America, Vol. CDLXXXVI

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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.

4620-23. San Diego, Cal. Four people injured when struck by a white Jaguar which fled the scene; driver caught when vehicle stalled.

4624. Los Angeles, Cal. Jan. 9. Jogger in his 60s suffers life-threatening injuries when struck by an unidentified vehicle which fled the scene.

4625. Denver, Colo. Jan. 9. Woman fatally struck by a white, 1985 Chevrolet 4-door sedan which fled the scene.

4626. Newburgh, NY. Jan. 9. Man fatally struck by an unidentified vehicle which fled the scene.

4627. Rochester, NY. Jan. 9. 56-year-old man injured when struck by an unidentified vehicle which fled the scene.

4628-29. Turlock, Cal. Jan. 9. 46-year-old woman killed and 53-year-old man injured when struck by a Ford Mustang which fled the scene.

4630. Desert Palm Springs, Cal. Jan. 9. 16-year-old male on bicycle fatally struck by a pickup truck which fled the scene.

4631. Wichita, Kan. Jan. 9. 39-year-old woman on bicycle fatally struck by a pickup which fled the scene; driver later arrested.

4632. Portland, Ore. Jan. 9. 22-year-old man injured when struck by a white or silver vehicle which fled the scene.

Related stories:

And I quote (I)…

The reward in an unsolved hit-and-run crash that killed a Pasadena teenager last spring has been increased to $15,000, Anne Arundel police announced Wednesday.

New private donations have increased the total reward from $10,000 to $15,000, police said. Most of the reward is offered by friends and relatives of the late Skylar Marion, and $2,000 of the total reward is offered by Metro Crime Stoppers.

Three teens were walking along Mountain Road near Alvin Drive on the night of April 12, 2013 when two were injured after being struck by an SUV.

Fifteen-year-old Skylar Marion was pronounced dead at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center while his 13-year-old friend was treated at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. Another 13-year-old girl was not injured.

Skylar’s heart was transplanted to another Pasadena teenager, Kyle Wilkerson, who suffered from life-threatening genetic idiopathic cardiomyopathy. Friends and families of both boys have held fundraisers for the reward fund and to support Wilkerson in his recovery.

And I quote (II)…

Upper Darby Twp., PA – A man police say is responsible for a deadly hit-and-run that killed a man and his dog is now in custody. The accused driver turned himself in.

“Here’s an individual who should not be behind the wheel of a car.”

Those words from investigators as 58-year-old Earnest Marks was lead off to jail. Police say he was the driver of a car when it plowed into 69-year-old Richard Patterson Sunday evening as the retired carpenter walked his dog “baby” to his home just a block away.

“He didn’t stop because he was under suspension. His driving record over the years shows that he has had 11 motor vehicle suspensions,” Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said.

And I quote (III)…

A Northampton woman was arrested early Wednesday morning after police said she struck three people with her vehicle, including a man who is now in intensive care at Stony Brook University Hospital, at a party in Flanders before fleeing the scene.

And I quote (IV)…

Hip hop artist Shyheim Franklin, a long-time ally of the Wu-Tang Clan, was reportedly behind the wheel in a New Year’s Day hit-and-run incident that left a 29-year-old bakery worker dead.

And I quote (V)…

Family members and friends of two people killed in a deliberate hit and run on New Year’s Day are raising money to help with funeral costs as they try to come to terms with the deaths.

And I quote (VI)…

“He’s touched peoples lives and I need help, we need help to find the driver of this vehicle” said Christine.

And I quote (VII)…

EL CAJON, Calif. – A San Diego Gas & Electric employee was under investigation in connection with the hit-and-run death of a pedestrian struck by one of the utility’s trucks in El Cajon, authorities said Friday.

The worker, whose name was not released, was placed on leave pending the results of the probe into the death four days ago of 54-year-old Robert Fisher in the 100 block of Jamacha Road in downtown El Cajon, according to the utility company.

“This is a terrible tragedy, and we are cooperating fully with the authorities in this investigation,” SDG&E spokeswoman Michelle Nixon said.

And I quote (VIII)…

TULSA, Oklahoma – Tulsa police officers arrested a hit and run driver on Friday, exactly two years to the day after 43-year-old Lelah “Missy” Kelley, died.

The Gilcrease Traffic Unit arrested Sandra Gunnells Friday afternoon on warrants.

Prosecutors charged her with felony leaving the scene of a fatal accident that happened January 9 on North Saint Louis, in Tulsa.

Police say Kelley was walking when she was hit by a vehicle and left to die.

She passed away the next day.

And I quote (IX)…

Her husband wants closure. He said he remembers getting the call from someone in the ambulance with the news. He said getting his son Siddhant dressed to go to the hospital was a “nightmare.” He too has not been to work since the accident, staying home and caring for his wife.

“It is quite unfortunate,” Aich said. “We are just hoping there is no long term impact. Hopefully it does not change her way of life, but I know she is strong.”

Caught, convicted, court appearance or car-on-car in … Calimesa, Texas; Miami, Fla.; Attleboro, Mass.; Durham, NC; Traverse, Mich.

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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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