Hit-and-Run America, Vol. DCLXXI

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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.

7566. Highgate, Vt. Dec. 6. 54-year-old man fatally struck by a 2003 or later model Chevrolet Silverado, Tahoe or Suburban, or a GMC Sierra, Yukon or Denali which fled the scene.

7567. Cincinnati, Ohio. Dec. 5. 57-year-old woman fatally struck by a 2005 Chrysler 300 which fled the scene.

7568. Phoenix, Az. Dec. 7. Man on bicycle injured when struck by an unidentified vehicle which fled the scene.

7569. Kenockee Township, Mich. Dec. 6. 34-year-old man fatally struck by an unidentified vehicle which fled the scene.

7570. Bushkill Twp., Pa. Dec. 5. 35-year-old man fatally struck by a white BMW which fled the scene.

7571. Bronx, NY. Dec. 7. 47-year-old man fatally struck by a van which fled the scene.

7572-73. Santa Ana, Cal. Dec. 8. 72-year-old man killed and 68-year-old woman injured when struck by a dark Nissan SUV which fled the scene.

7574. Wake Forest, NC. Dec. 7. 14-year-old male injured when struck by a black or dark-colored 15-passenger van which fled the scene.

7575. Danville, Pa. Dec. 8. 22-year-old man injured when struck by a vehicle which fled the scene.

7576. Queens, NY. Dec. 8. 17-year-old male fatally struck by a black Toyota Camry which fled the scene.


7577. Houston, Texas. Dec. 6. 28-year-old man who survived mass shooting at Texas college fatally struck by a red Ford pickup, possibly an F250 or F350, 4-door with a large, which fled the scene. (Update: Arrest)

7578. Clinton Twp., Mich. Dec. 10. 38-year-old man fatally struck by two vehicles, one of which which fled the scene.

7579. Poplar Bluff, Mo. Dec. 9. 13-year-old girl fatally struck by two vehicles, including black Ford F-150 which fled the scene.

7580. Manalapan, NJ. Dec. 8. 83-year-old woman fatally struck by a vehicle which fled the scene; driver later arrested.

7581. Burlington, NC. Dec. 9. Man injured when struck by a vehicle which fled the scene; driver later arrested.

7582. Belvidere, Ill. Dec.9. Man injured when struck by a vehicle which fled the scene; driver later surrendered.

7583. Eugene, Ore. Dec. 9. Pedestrian injured when struck by a vehicle which fled the scene; driver later arrested.

7584. Bangor Twp., Mich. Dec. 9. 8-year-old girl injured when struck by a late 1990s/early 2000s Chevrolet Malibu with a goldish or champagne paint job which fled the scene.

7585. Madill, Okla. Dec. 9. 75-year-old man injured when struck by a dark-colored SUV which fled the scene.

7586. Houston, Texas. Dec. 11. 22-year-old man fatally struck by an unidentified vehicle which fled the scene.

7587. Providence, RI. Dec. 9. 63-year-old woman fatally struck by a vehicle which fled the scene; driver later surrendered.


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And I quote (I)…

Marietti said, “No there’s no anger, just sadness that he’s gone, there’s definitely a part missing.”

And I quote (II)…

The female passenger then told deputies that she was performing oral sex on Allen while he was driving and heard a loud bump. Allen told her that he hit a road sign and continued driving. Deputies said that the passenger did not see what Allen hit and believed his story.

And I quote (III)…

“This morning, I was in so much pain, I couldn’t even cut up my own meds to swallow them,” she said. “I’m a very self-sufficient person, and right now, I’m completely dependent on the love of my family and their kindness to do any and everything. I can’t do [anything] myself, pretty much.”

And I quote (IV)…

Police and SWAT are outside the Kmart near South College Avenue and East Drake Road in Fort Collins after a woman pulled out a gun following a hit and run and barricaded herself inside her vehicle, police say.

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And I quote (V)…

Anita Wernsing, 78, was a mother, grandmother and longtime member of the Mt. Tabor Primitive Church in Fayette. She was killed Nov. 25, 2012 while crossing State Road 267 in Boone County.

Boone County Sheriff Mike Nielsen said Wernsing was walking from a church parking lot when it happened.

“She was walking across the street to her driveway,” he said. “And she was struck just on the north side of her driveway there, as she was headed into her driveway.”

And I quote (VI)…

Police chief found ‘too drunk’ after hit-run given raise, retirement bonus

And I quote (VII)…

“Right now we have no evidence about the car, any debris from the car, or anything to work on. That’s why we need help from the public,” said Hempstead Police Sgt. R.D. Martin.

And I quote (VIII)…

Police are searching for a driver who hit and injured a toddler on a scooter in Mira Mesa last month and then left the scene.

Officers have released a photo of the suspect’s car in hopes of tracking down the driver. The car is described as a late 90s teal green Honda Accord.

And I quote (IX)…

“How can you do this to a person?” Carole Brown said. “If you do this to one person we have to get him off the street. Who has the gall to do that kind of thing?”


And I quote (X)…

Instead of calling attention to street design that encourages speeding, or state laws that limit the city’s ability to deploy speed enforcement cameras, State Senator Jose Peralta and Assembly Member Michael DenDekker mostly blamed the victims of dangerous driving.

Peralta said he would push for legislation requiring DOT to mount a public education campaign about “the dangers of being a distracted pedestrian.” DenDekker called for crossing guards at every school corner, which he said would be funded by speed camera fines, and talked up a law he has proposed to make texting in crosswalks illegal.

NYPD told Streetsblog there was “nothing whatsoever” in the police account of the crash to suggest that Jaramillo was distracted by an electronic device when he was struck. When pressed on why the proposals focused on pedestrian distractedness, which hasn’t been implicated at all in Jaramillo’s death, Peralta implied that enough had been done to calm traffic. “We have tons of things to hold drivers accountable,” he said. “I’m supportive of Vision Zero, but we need to have more education campaigns.”

DenDekker pushed for his proposed $25 fine for texting in a crosswalk. “The idea of the bill is not to fine per se pedestrians but to change behavior,” he said. “Pedestrians need to be aware of their surroundings.”

And I quote (XI)…

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. — A man accused of killing a good Samaritan says he is remorseful about what happened. One of the surviving victims isn’t buying that after Andrew Spencer showed up late to court.


Caught, convicted, court appearance or car-on-car in … Richmond, Vt.; Youngstown, Ohio; Haverhill, NH; Louisville, Ky.; Lakewood, Colo.; Edwardsville, Mo.; Yakima, Wash.; Fargo, ND; Huntsville, Ala.; Frederick, Md.; Oberlin, Ohio; Toms River, NJ; Chesapeake, Va.; Miami-Dade, Fla.; Chicago, Ill.; Barnegat, NJ; James City, Va.; Columbia, SC.

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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