Hit-and-Run America, Vol. DCCCX

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. After a respite from keeping the list, it restarted in January 2019, highlighting one case a day. If there’s a case you’ve seen that deserves highlighting, drop me a line at hickey@brianphickey.com.

11141. Police did not release the victim’s name, saying they were still working to notify her family.

11142. Two people were hurt in a hit-and-run crash at the scene of a pro-Trump rally in Wauwatosa on Saturday, Nov. 21. Police said around 11 a.m., two pedestrians were struck by a vehicle at Mayfair Road and North Avenue and sustained minor injuries.

11143. It was Oct. 5, 1957, an idyllic autumn Saturday in Foley, an east-central Minnesota town of 1,100 people, and Roger Vaillancourt, 17, was goofing around with his younger brothers and sisters — playing hide-and-seek and setting up a bowling game in their alley.

“He was a great big brother who actually included us and played with us,” said Judy Fernholz, 69, who was just shy of 6 years old on that day. “This was before housing and schools replaced the farms up here, when Highway 169 was two lanes, not four, and we ice skated on the roads and played hide-and-seek in the woods. Roger always kept us safe.”

11144. After three months and four brain surgeries, Matthew Davis was able to walk into his Westbury home. Davis, 21, who was seriously injured by a hit-and-run driver in July, about a month ago returned to his home which was retrofitted for disability access thanks to community support. …

“When his skull shattered again, they didn’t know if he was going to make it. I wanted to make sure he went to Heaven because he didn’t do anything wrong,” Davis told supporters during the driveway ceremony. “Every encouraging word and everything you’ve done for me means the world. Because sometimes you feel by yourself, but I see Westbury and Nassau County love is real.”

11145. “I was the first to hold her when she was born, so [her mother and sister] thought it would be good for me to be here,” Don Frey said.

11146. Police have released surveillance video in hopes of finding the driver who they say critically injured a 76-year-old great-grandmother in a hit-and-run crash in Westlake Monday.

11147. Leah Baldwin, a 40-year-old from Wilmington, was trying to cross Naamans Road east of Marsh Road near Darley Road at 9:38 p.m. when she was hit by an unknown vehicle traveling east on Naamans Road, according to police.

11148. “Andrew was well-loved among our club and will be missed. Andrew was a dedicated board member, coach and friend to all who knew him. He was recognized with multiple awards for his volunteerism and community involvement,” Vernon Soccer Club President Keith Hodson said in part. “Andrew was to be the recipient of our 2020 Volunteer of the Year for his dedication to the Town of Vernon and its youth,” he added.

11149. A puppy that was lost during a hit-and-run that killed a well-known youth sports coach in Vernon earlier this week has been found and was reunited with family on Saturday.

11150. Cosgrove was pronounced dead at Cleveland Clinic Akron General. Police told FOX 8 Cosgrove was on his way home with food from a pantry at a local church.

11151. “Now you realize the only thing you have left are memories and that is really hard,” said Poe.

11152. Police in Los Angeles are looking for three drivers who struck the same pedestrian within seconds this week and fled the scene without rendering any aid to the victim, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

11153. TARPON SPRINGS — A 59-year-old woman died Friday morning, police said, after she was hit by a car as she rode her bicycle.

11154. WELCH — Police are seeking the public’s help in locating a vehicle that struck and seriously injured a toddler in a hit-and-run incident Thanksgiving evening.

11155. Police are searching for a hit-and-run driver who struck and killed a woman as she was crossing a street in Long Beach on Thanksgiving.

11156. “It is difficult to put into words this unimaginable tragedy,” said John Crosby, one of the founders of the organization that Hackman helped run in recent years, the Uncommon Individual Foundation in Devon. “He was an indispensable part of our work, and it will be impossible to think about replacing him.”

11157. A Florida man yelled at a pedestrian after hitting her with his SUV, blaming her for the crash, but refused to stop and help her.

11158. Mendoza, who family said was a father of seven, was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 3:50 p.m. Tuesday from head injuries suffered in the crash, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

11159. “You wouldn’t think that was the last time you’d see them, that’s the last time you’d say ‘I love you,’ it’s heartbreaking,” June’s grandson, Kaden Harvey, said.

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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