Hit-and-Run America, Vol. CDXXXI

Scene of fatal hit-and-run in Jenkins Twp., Pa.

Scene of fatal hit-and-run in Jenkins Twp., Pa.

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.

3725-26. Charles City County, Va. May 11. Two bicyclists injured when struck by a tractor-trailer which fled the scene.

3727. Las Vegas, Nev. May 11. 50-year-old man fatally struck by a silver 2004 Nissan Xterra which fled the scene.

3728. Ypsilanti, Mich. May 11. Woman injured when struck by a green vehicle which fled the scene.

3729. Pemberton Twp., NJ. May 11. Bicyclist injured when struck by an unidentified vehicle which fled the scene.

3730. Cocoa, Fla. May 12. 19-year-old man fatally struck by a vehicle which fled the scene, but was later recovered by police sans driver.

3731. Jenkins Twp., Pa. May 12. 65-year-old woman fatally struck by an unidentified vehicle which fled the scene.

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Via Dan Nguyen's Flickr page: http://www.flickr.com/photos/zokuga/7533069616/

Via Dan Nguyen’s Flickr page: http://www.flickr.com/photos/zokuga/7533069616/

And I quote (I)…

A year after a horrific hit-and-run killed an aspiring actress walking near Union Square, the city employee behind the wheel has gotten off scot-free, The Post has learned.

Harry Robinson, 64, a $105,000-a-year highway repairman for the Department of Transportation, drove the city-owned, 10-wheel Mack dump truck that ran over and crushed Roxana Sorina Buta, 21 — then kept going.

Despite heavy press coverage, Robinson did not turn himself in. Cops tracked him down eight days later after a bank security video captured the truck on tape.

On March 18 — 10 months after her death — police slapped Robinson with two summonses, for “failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk,” and “failure to exercise due care.”

But in court last week, he was found not guilty of both.

The news stunned Buta’s mother, Cristina Oprea.

“They took his word and left me with nothing,” the distraught mom said. “How do they explain that someone can kill a young girl and get away with it?”

22225941_BG1 And I quote (II)…

A 22-year-old Bronx man was charged with DWI and death by auto early this morning after he struck and killed a Jersey City man on Patterson Plank Road in Hoboken.

And I quote (III)…

Though it is unusual for hit-and-run collisions to result in a murder charge, prosecutors argued that Oakley should have known better because he had attended an education program after a previous DUI charge, and jurors agreed.

And I quote (IV)…

DENISON, TX — It’s been two years since a family lost a teenager in a hit and run accident, and on Saturday they had a barbeque with a special guest — a woman whose life was saved by one of her organs.

The donor says that the pancreas from a hit-and-run victim helped save her life. She’d also previously had a heart transplant, but even afterward, she still had serious health problems.

Organ recipient Cindy Scinto, 52, a New York native, says she believes she caught some type of bacteria during an outdoors trip to a river near her new home in Spokane, Wash.

Two years ago, former B. McDaniel Middle School student Jocelyn Roberts, 13, died along with a 4-year-old boy when a car hit them while they were crossing the street in Mount Pleasant, Tex.

And I quote (V)…

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla — The suspect accused of running over a mother and her daughter Friday evening after an alleged domestic dispute in St. Johns County has a criminal history.

And I quote (VI)…

OCEAN CITY, Md. — Ocean City police are investigating a hit-and-run in which the person who was hit was the one who ran.

Caught, convicted, court appearance or car-on-car in … Grand Prairie, Texas; Monroe Twp., NJ; Clarksburg, NJ; Wayland, NY.

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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