Hit-and-Run America, Vol. DCLXX

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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.

7505-15. New York City, NY. Thanksgiving. Woman killed, at least 10 pedestrians injured when struck by a vehicle from which the driver fled the scene; later caught.

7516. Houston, Texas. Nov. 28. Woman injured after being struck by a gray SUV which fled the scene.

7517. Los Angeles, Cal. Nov. 27. 33-year-old man fatally struck by a white late-model sedan which fled the scene.

7518. Las Vegas, Nev. Nov. 27. 72-year-old woman fatally struck by a white Ford Explorer, early 2000s model, which fled the scene.

7519. Custer County, Okla. Nov. 27. Pedestrian fatally struck by an unidentified vehicle which fled the scene.

7520. St. Petersburg, Fla. Nov. 27. 39-year-old man fatally struck by a vehicle which fled the scene; driver arrested several blocks away.

7521. Scranton, Pa. Nov. 28. Man injured when struck by an older-model black Toyota sedan which fled the scene. (Update: Arrest)

7522. Victorville, Cal. Nov. 28. Man injured when struck by an unidentified vehicle which fled the scene.

7523. Merced, Cal. Nov. 28. Man fatally struck by a silver Ford which fled the scene.

7524. Clarkville, NY. Nov. 28. 49-year-old man injured when struck by a four-door Subaru which fled the scene.

7525. Escondido, Cal. Nov. 28. Bicyclist badly injured when struck by a black Corolla which fled the scene.

7526. San Antonio, Texas. Nov. 28. Man fatally struck by an unidentified vehicle which fled the scene.

7527. Milford, Del. Nov. 28. 48-year-old man on bicycle injured when struck by a unknown dark-colored or grey passenger vehicle which fled the scene.

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7528-29. Providence, RI. Nov. 29. 74-year-old woman killed and 31-year-old woman injured when struck by a which fled the scene.

7530. Edmonds, Wash. Nov. 29. 49-year-old woman injured when struck by a black car which fled the scene.

7531. Demopolis, Ala. Nov. 29. 24-year-old man fatally struck by an unidentified vehicle which fled the scene.

7532. Santa Ana, Cal. Nov. 29. 35-year-old man fatally struck by a dark blue Honda Accord which fled the scene.

7533. Orlando, Fla. Nov. 28. 40-year-old man on bicycle fatally struck by a Mustang which fled the scene.

7534-35. Inglewood, Cal. Thanksgiving. 55-year-old woman and 8-year-old girl injured when struck by a vehicle which fled the scene.

7536. Mira Mesa, Cal. Nov. 29. 2-year-old girl injure when struck by an older-model teal Honda Accord which fled the scene.

7537. Garden City, Mich. Nov. 30. 52-year-old man fatally struck by several vehicles which fled the scene. (Update: Arrest)

7538. Greensboro, NC. Dec. 1. 67-year-old woman injured when struck by a newer model Ford F-250 Super Duty which fled the scene.

7539. East Haven, Ct. Dec. 2. Woman injured when struck by a vehicle which fled the scene.

7540. Oklahoma City, Okla. Dec. 2. Man injured when struck by a vehicle which fled the scene.

7541. Commercial Twp., NJ. Dec. 1. 53-year-old woman fatally struck by an unidentified vehicle which fled the scene.

7542. National City, Cal. Dec. 2. Bicyclist injured when struck by a Ford pickup truck which fled the scene.

7543. Charlotte, NC. Dec. 3. Woman critically injured when struck by a burgundy Nissan which fled the scene. (Update: Arrest)

7544. Wadena, Minn. Nov. 28. Woman injured when struck by an older-model red minivan which fled the scene.

7545. Brattleboro, NH. Dec. 3. Bicyclist injured when struck by a vehicle which fled the scene.

7546. Springfield, Mass. Dec. 2. 28-year-old woman in wheelchair injured when struck by a vehicle which fled the scene; owner reports it stolen.

7547. Gary, Ind. Dec. 3. 45-year-old man fatally struck by an unidentified vehicle which fled the scene.

7548. Baltimore, Md. Dec. 4. 36-year-old man critically injured when struck by a minivan which fled the scene.

7549. Platte, Colo. Dec. 3. Man injured when struck by a four-door sedan which fled the scene.

7550. Lynbrook, NY. Dec. 4. Man fatally struck by an unidentified vehicle which fled the scene.

7551. Miami, Fla. Dec. 4. Pedestrian fatally struck by an unidentified vehicle which fled the scene.

7552-53. Las Vegas, Nev. Dec. 5. 46-year-old man in wheelchair killed and 44-year-old woman injured when struck by a dark-colored Nissan which fled the scene.

7554. Oshkosh, Wisc. Dec. 1. Pedestrian injured when struck by a dark-colored sedan which fled the scene.

7555. Conroe, Texas. Dec. 4. 28-year-old man fatally struck by an unidentified vehicle which fled the scene.

7556. Patchogue, NY. Dec. 5. 64-year-old man fatally struck by a 2011 to 2015 dark-colored Hyundai Elantra and another vehicle which fled the scene.

7557. Miami, Fla. Dec. 4. Bicyclist fatally struck by an unidentified vehicle which fled the scene.

7558. Pompano Beach, Fla. Dec. 4. Woman critically injured when struck by an older-model SUV which fled the scene.

7559-60. Denton, Texas. Dec. 5. Two pedestrians injured, one critically, when struck by a maroon GM pickup truck which fled the scene.

7561. Burlington, NC. Dec. 5. 59-year-old man fatally struck by a white vehicle which fled the scene.

7562. Hamilton Twp., NJ. Dec. 5. 54-year-old man fatally struck by a which fled the scene.

7563. Charleston, SC. Dec. 5. Man fatally struck by two vehicles which fled the scene.

7564. Louisville, Ky. Dec. 6. 24-year-old man fatally struck by a vehicle which fled the scene; driver later arrested.

7565. Hollywood, Cal. Dec. 6. 24-year-old man fatally struck by an unidentified vehicle which fled the scene.

 

Related stories:

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And I quote (I)…

On the night of September 19th our Aunt Lisa and Uncle Thomas received a call that is every parent’s worst nightmare. Unfortunately this was more than a nightmare. The police were calling to tell them that around 3:00 AM their beloved son Michael, was hit by a vehicle and they needed to get to the hospital immediately. Tragically they would never get the chance to say goodbye. Michael passed before they got there. Michael was killed at the age of 24. (H/T JJ)

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San Francisco police arrested an off-duty officer known as the ‘Hot Cop of Castro’ following a hit-and-run that left two pedestrians injured early Sunday morning. (H/T @Cheerful_ExGF)

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A 56-year-old Brooklyn woman who was killed on Thanksgiving by an out-of-control hit-and-run driver was a churchgoing, retired NYPD cop who spent her time taking care of stray cats, friends and family said on Friday.

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Alliance police find meth lab at home of hit-and-run victim

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Want pedestrians and bike riders to stop getting hit by cars? Talk about the people who have lived through it — and those who haven’t.

Brian Hickey, a staff writer for Philly Voice, has been advocating for pedestrian safety since 2008 when he was the victim of a hit-and-run that put him into a coma. The driver who hit him was never found, but that hasn’t stopped Hickey from telling his story to create awareness.

“It helped in my case to get attention because I was a journalist so everybody in the media knew me,” he said during a panel at the inaugural Vision Zero Philadelphia Conference, “and my story got written about. By continuing to bang the drum about it, it’s harder for my peers to ignore.”

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SPRINGFIELD — Jomaris Colon, charged in connection with a March hit-and-run crash that left Agawam teenager Alex Scafuri, paralyzed, is back in jail at least temporarily after being accused of violating the conditions of probation.

Colon was taken into custody Thursday at her home because she did not take the alcohol test using a sobrieter that is a condition of her probation.

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GLENDALE, Ariz. – Police have released video images of the van they are seeking in a hit-and-run incident that left a local bicyclist dead.

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“Any truck driver that found themselves on the 5200 block of San Bernardo that night that felt that they may have hit something, stopped the entire 18 wheeler, got off and went to look. Then, we need to have you go ahead and contact us”, said Joe Baeza.

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MADISON — Less than two weeks after a four-year-old boy was critically injured in a hit-and-run crash, police say he’s breathing on his own and his condition continues to improve.

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‘I think about if she had gotten in the same accident. The same thing, someone hit her going through a stop sign 60 miles-per-hour, probably she would not have gotten the attention or support that we received,” Sophia said.

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Vehicle emergency system called police dispatch after crash (H/T Tina)

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A police helicopter captured video of a hit-and-run suspect, allegedly driving drunk, stumbling around outside his car with what appears to be an equally inebriated passenger.

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“He loved that he could go out at any time like it happened that night and that he would be safe,” Sierra said.

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The man was reportedly dragged for some time before the car drove off.

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NEW YORK CITY — There have been 38,000 hit-and-run car accidents so far this year, but the NYPD has only investigated 48 of them, a top police official said Wednesday.

Testifying before the City Council as it considers legislation to stiffen civil penalties for hit-and-runs, Inspector Dennis Fulton of the NYPD’s Transportation Bureau said 34,000 of those crashes involved only property damage.

But 4,000 ended in injuries, including 31 deaths. The NYPD’s collision investigation unit has looked into 48 — or just 1 percent — of those 4,000 cases, resulting in 28 arrests.

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A Kissimmee police officer was charged after he slammed into an employee’s car in the parking lot of a Brevard County strip club and left the scene, records show.

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SANFORD, Fla. — A Seminole County mother said she wasn’t satisfied with the police response after her son was hit by a car in September, so she took matters into her own hands.

Crystal Smith confronted the hit-and-run suspect months before he was arrested.

Her 12-year-old son was struck on his way home from Sanford Middle School in September.

He wasn’t seriously injured, but Smith was determined to find out who was behind the wheel.

Smith went from business to business in the area until she found who she was looking for.

“I was scared at first. I started shaking. I was like, ‘There’s no way this can be the guy,’” said Smith.

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A service dog for a disabled military veteran was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver Saturday afternoon, Berwick police said.

 

Caught, convicted, court appearance or car-on-car in … Arlington, Texas; Bristol, Ct.; Conyers, Ga.; Fresno, Cal.; Alcoa, Tenn.; Washington Heights, NYC; Binghamton, NY; Indianapolis, Ind.; Everett, Wash; Southport, NC; Waveland, Miss.; Corpus Christi, Texas; Hillsdale, NJ; Pine Bluff, Ark.; Virginia Beach, Va.; Little Chute, Wisc.; Tewksberry, Mass.; Wilmington, Del.; Denver, Colo.; Ephrata, Pa.; Cleveland, Ohio; Fayetteville, NC; Alfred, Maine; Front Royal, Va.; Hollister, Cal.; Berkeley, Cal.; Dallas, Texas; San Diego, Cal.

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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