Hit-and-Run America, Vol. CDXLIV

Memorial for Alisa Horner, killed in a Woodland, Cal. hit-and-run.

Memorial for Alisa Horner, killed in a Woodland, Cal. hit-and-run.


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.

3893. Danville, Ky. June 29. 33-year-old woman fatally struck by an unidentified vehicle which fled the scene.

3894. Fayetteville, Mo. July 1. 52-year-old man suffers serious injuries when struck by a white Taurus which fled the scene. (Updated: Arrest)

3895. Lynbrook, NY. July 2. Woman injured when struck by a dark-colored sedan which fled the scene.

3896. Longmont, Texas. July 2. 18-year-old man injured when struck by an unidentified vehicle which fled the scene.

3897. Columbus, Ohio. July 3. 21-year-old man critically injured when struck by a 2002-04 VW Passat which fled the scene.

3898. St. Charles, Mo. July 3. 17-year-old male killed when struck by a pickup truck which fled the scene but was later caught.

3899. Orlando, Fla. Fourth of July. 30-year-old woman fatally struck by an older, dark-colored Acura which fled the scene.

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From the International Hit-and-Run Files

No one probably regrets their actions more than a Shandong hit-and-run driver, who was overwhelmed when he found out that the victim he had abandoned at the scene of a traffic accident was his own father.

The driver, identified by his surname, Li, was arrested on a hit-and-run charge over the traffic accident but was released by police so he could go home to take care of his injured father, according to Shandong’s Qilu Evening News.

Early on Sunday morning, Li was driving a Chinese-made Dongfeng minivan in Weifang city when he collided with a scooter, knocking the driver to the ground, the report said.

Without stopping to check the injured driver’s condition, Li fled from the scene and took his minivan to get fixed at an vehicle repair shop.

Police later located Li’s vehicle after they found it matched with the wreckage fragments at the accident scene, and brought him in for questioning.

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And I quote (I)…

SOMERSET — Town police saluted seven of their own for their roles investigating the death of James “Jimmy” Moore, who was struck by a car on June 15.

Three police officers and four dispatchers received commendations at police headquarters on Tuesday, as police Chief Joseph Ferreira praised them for “dedication” and “tenaciousness” after the incident that took the life of the wheelchair-bound 65-year-old.

Ferreira quoted a statement from the family of Moore, a popular lifelong town resident stricken with cerebral palsy but remained fiercely independent.

“Our sincere thanks go to everyone at the Somerset Police Department for your endless pursuit for justice for Jimmy,” it read. “Your efforts in completing the investigation were nothing shy of remarkable.”

And I quote (II)…

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) – Gulfport police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 19-year-old Mark Anthony-Dewon Fairley of Gulfport.

Fairley is accused of a hit and run that seriously injured a 21-year-old man Sunday, June 23.

And I quote (III)…

The unlicensed driver accused of fatally striking a motorcyclist and fleeing the scene this weekend asked his mother and wife to take the blame, police said.

Fremont Mathias Jr., 32, of Monroeville was arraigned Monday morning on charges of homicide by vehicle, causing an accident involving injury or death, driving without a license and other crimes.

Allegheny County police wrote in a criminal complaint that he was driving a Ford F-150 pickup on Hochberg Road in Monroeville when he crossed into oncoming traffic shortly before 9 a.m. Sunday and collided head-on with a motorcycle driven by Lawrence Matvey, 69, of Monroeville.

And I quote (IV)…

MABLETON, Ga. — Cobb County police said Tuesday that they have arrested three of four men tied to the death of a 36-year-old man struck by a car early Sunday morning, and are looking for fourth man.

Investigators said the victim, 36-year-old Joshua Chellew, was hit by a car on Mableton Parkway at about 1 a.m., after they said four men chased Chellew into traffic from a gas station.

And I quote (V)…

Family members have confirmed that Alisa Horner, the victim of an alleged hit-and-run outside a 7-Eleven on Sunday night, has died from her injuries.

According to Woodland police Lt. Anthony Cucchi, police received a call at 10:12 p.m. that a hit-and-run had occurred in the parking lot of the 7-Eleven convenience store at 1229 East Main St. Upon arrival, officers discovered that Horner, a 57-year-old Woodland resident, had been struck following a possible confrontation at the store.

A number of witnesses said the confrontation happened after the victim asked for a cigarette.

Hit-and-run scumbag Dustin Barger

Hit-and-run scumbag Dustin Barger

And I quote (VI)…

MELBOURNE — Charges will likely be upgraded against a man who police said struck a bicyclist and left the scene.

The hit-and-run crash happened around 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of Wickham and Lake Washington roads.

Melbourne Police said 27-year-old Denzel White was crossing Wickham Road when he was struck by a Honda Accord driven by Dustin Barger.

Barger, also 27, fled the scene and was detained at the Caribbean Isle Apartments.

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PASCAGOULA — Pascagoula police officer Daniel Snyder turned himself in Wednesday on a felony charge of leaving the scene of an accident in the February death of a 16-year-old Gulf Park Estates girl.

A grand jury indicted Snyder and he was arrested when he turned himself in to the sheriff’s office and Circuit Clerk Joe Martin.

Circuit Judge Dale Harkey set his bond at $7,500, and he was freed.

And I quote (VIII)…

PEORIA — Police have released the name of a Metamora man accused of driving a car that caused a hit-and-run accident Sunday on War Memorial Drive and sent two motorcyclists to the hospital.

Timothy Burkhardt, 24, 220 N. Davenport St. in Metamora is being sought by police.

Witnesses told police a silver Grand Prix was driving westbound at 6 p.m. Sunday speeding and weaving in and out of traffic before the driver lost control, rear-ended a westbound vehicle and spun into oncoming traffic.

The rear end of the Grand Prix then struck a three-wheeled motorcycle, knocking it down an embankment in the 1700 block of War Memorial Drive.

And I quote (IX)…

A woman was arrested Tuesday night for the hit-and-run accident that killed a 20-year-old college student Saturday night.

Bobbie Jo Sumner, 39, was taken into custody for allegedly fatally striking Alexandra Desir, of Locust Grove, with her car as Desir was walking on Rosa Avenue in Barnesville, according to Ginger Story with the Lamar County Sheriff’s Office.

After police arrested Sumner, her ex-boyfriend Robert King was arrested for his suspected connection to the case, Story said.

Desir, a student at Gordon State College in Barnesville, was walking to her job at Huddle House when she was hit, a school official said.

“We are all heartbroken at the tragic loss of this young woman’s life,” Gordon State spokeswoman Tamara Boatwright previously said.

And I quote (X)…

AUSTIN — Austin police say the driver who slammed into a laundromat and put an employee in the hospital is facing additional charges. The victim died Tuesday. Family and friends have a donation can at DJ’s Food and Gas to help with medical and funeral expenses.

And I quote (XI)…

Two weeks after a white Ford pickup reportedly hit him from behind at 60 mph, postal driver Mike Cooley is still in critical condition at Legacy Emanuel Hospital and the person whose actions nearly killed him is still at large.

And I quote (XII)…

(CBS) The 22-year-old suspect in a fatal hit-and-run accident is the daughter of a veteran Los Angeles police officer, CBS LA reports.

Police allege Vanessa Marie Yanez, 22, was behind the wheel June 26 when her car struck bicyclist Jesse Dotson on a Los Angeles street.

The driver fled, according to the report. Dotson, who suffered serious head injuries, was transferred to a hospital where he died June 29.

Police reportedly found the suspect’s car at a home less than a mile away from the accident scene. The car matched the description of a vehicle Yanez had reported missing, CBS LA reports.

Yanez is reportedly the daughter of Sgt. Arturo Yanez, a 30-year LAPD veteran.

And I quote (XIII)…

MUSKEGON, MI — A 1-year-old Muskegon boy narrowly escaped serious injury recently when the stroller he was riding in was struck by a van that drove off and began to drag the stroller behind it, police said.

The baby’s mother managed to snatch the boy from the stroller before the van drove off, police said.

The incident occurred around 10:30 a.m. on June 25, a Tuesday, in the parking lot of Sam’s Drink All, 1500 S. Getty St., in Muskegon.

As of Tuesday, July 2, the driver of the gold van had not yet been identified. Police are hoping anyone who may have witnessed the hit-and-run incident will contact them with information.

Caught, convicted, court appearance or car-on-car in … Greenacres, Fla.; Boise, Idaho; Las Cruces, NM; Normal, Ill.; Woodland, Cal.; Louisville, Ky.; Nashville, Tenn.; West Palm Beach, Fla.; Louisa, Va.; Ft. Worth, Texas; Gardena, Cal.; Phoenix, Az.; Baton Rouge, La.; Mt. Joy, Pa.; Bourne, Mass.

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