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This site means little to most visitors. But this year alone, over 1200 families will lose a loved one to this crime.


May them never be forgotten...
May their life not have been in vain


January 2006

Date

Name/Location

Source


1-31 35 year old Stephen Strain killed in Anchorage, Alaska, when driver fleeing police in stolen truck, runs stoplight and broadsides his car. Driver fled on foot, but was arrested soon after.

Anchorage Daily News

1-31

A

52 year old Lloyd Myles in Vancouver, Washington * ^ KATU

1-31

P

76 year old Jaime Gonzalez in Wilmington, California Copley Press

1-31

P

21-year-old Santos Lopez in Walhalla, South Carolina 18 year old wife in hospital) * ! WIStv

1-30

P

45 year old Jeannette Griffin in Urbana, Illinois F * WCIA

1-30

P

5 year old Brian Michel in Houston, Texas * ! KPRC

1-29

P

55-year-old Paul Seagraves in Key Largo, Florida * ^ Keynoter

1-29

P

Unnamed person in Houston, Texas (police trying to decide if hit and run victim or dumped body - off Highway 288 near Beltway 8 at Almeda Genoa Road) KPRC

1-29

P

22 year old Kyle Jeffery Niccum in Greenville, North Carolina Daily Reflector

1-29

P

48-year-old Steven Biss in Port Angeles, Washington * ^ KONP

1-29

M

52 year old Miles Waterhouse in Pensacola, Florida (riding a scooter, scooter was dragged for over a mile until vehicle stopped and driver removed it) + Pensacola News - Journal

1-29

P

18-year-old Lionel Antonio Frias in Cobb County, Georgia (Powder Springs Road - only second of 3 vehicles that struck man stopped) WXIA

1-29

V, V

2 unnamed women in Houston, Texas (North Main and East 35th Street) F
F
KTRK

1-28

P

Unnamed man in his 40's in Chicago, Illinois (5029 W. Madison St.) + Chicago Tribune

1-28

D

25 year old Robert Hanson near Bowling Green, Kentucky * ^ Daily News

1-28

P

16 year old Jayshon Ibiam "Squezzy" in Alexandria, Louisiana * ! The Town Talk

1-27

B

58 year old John Grissom in Chicago, Illinois Chicago Tribune

1-27

B

29 year old Dwayne Cook in Killeen, Texas Tribune - Herald

1-27

P

52 year old Thomas Leech  in Fort Worth, Texas Star Telegram

1-27

P

31 year old Mateo Cruz in Winter Park, Florida + Orlando Sentinel

1-26

A

47 year old James Randall Tison in Dublin, Georgia * Courier Herald

1-26

P

31 year old Lisa Vichlenski in Port St Lucie, Florida (pushing a stroller - 3 year old son injured) F * Palm Beach Post

1-25

A, A

67 year old Sarah Bellamy and Larry Whitfield, 51, in St Petersburg, Florida (hit and run car pushed #2 across traffic into #3) F * St. Petersburg Times

1-25

B

33 year old James Kowalka in North Fort Myers, Florida NBC2

1-25

M

48-year-old Derek Rittler in San Pasqual, California * SI^ KFMB

1-24

P

47 year old Howard Dean Thompson in Charleston, South Carolina (this may turn out to be part of a robbery and murder) ! Post and Courier

1-23

P

51 year old Karl Hines in Henderson, North Carolina (this may turn out to be a murder and not hit and run) The Daily Dispatch

1 -24 Since the first of the year, Mayor James Baker of Wilmington, Delaware and US Congressman Patrick McHenry, Republican from North Carolina, have had their vehicles struck by hit and run drivers. Baker received minor injures, while McHenry was shaken up. 
Various

1-23 The bodies of a man and a woman recovered this morning from a car that was fleeing a minor hit and run near Modesto, California last evening, and ended up submerged in a flooded creek.

KXTV

1-22

?

47 year old James Wendell Harmond in Denver, Colorado Denver Post obit

1-22

A

48 year old Cresenciano Silverio Gonzalez in Merced, California * KGPE

1-22

P

4 year old Jennifer Cervantes near Queen Creek, Arizona (made national news as Jennifer was a victim in an international triple murder/kidnapping incident last year) F * The Arizona Republic

1-22

A

62 year old Hester Faye Coleman near Hillsborough, North Carolina F * ^R The News & Observer

1-22

P

25 year old Hannah Engle in Manhattan, New York City, New York (arrested driver an actor who appeared in the American MTV series Undressed - victim a NYU student in the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service ) F * ^S NY Daily

1-22

P

Unnamed 56-year-old man in Garden City, New York WABC

1-22

P

Unnamed man in Albuquerque, New Mexico (Phoenix Street and 2nd Street NW) KOAT

Placer County (California) District Attorney's Office announced it has dropped at least 7 drunk driving cases and will probably have to drop others because Rocklin police Officer Matthew Redding, who made the arrests, was struck and killed October 9th, 2005, by a hit and run, and alleged, drunk driver.

KTXL

1-21

P

55 year old Tommie Lee Culbreth near Sorrento, Florida + Orlando Sentinel

1-21

P

38-year-old Richard Quinn near Malabar, Florida WKMG

1-21

P

25 year old Gerald Masterpol (Jerry Masterpol) in Mattydale, New York * News 10

1-21

V

21 year old Rodolfo Vergara near Four Oaks, North Carolina * ^ News 14

1-21

B

47 year old James Eugene Toncrey in Jackson County, Mississippi Mississippi Press

1-20

P

57 year old Samuel Lee McLean near Fayetteville, North Carolina WRAL

1-20

A

20 year old Jennifer LeAnn England near Citronelle, Alabama (became engaged on Christmas Day) F * Mobile Register

1-20 At least 55 people are killed near Sai Ganji, India when bus falls into ravine. The bus driver fled on foot.

The Hindu

1-20 17 year old girl arrested after fleeing from minor crash, and then causing a major pile-up in second crash, killing a 67 year old man in Clayton County, Georgia.

WSBTV

1-18

P

37 year old Michelle Taylor "Mike" near Kitty Hawk, Virginia (died 1-20) The Virginian - Pilot

1-18

A

56 year old Sharon Peterman in Overton County, Tennessee (retired school teacher) F WSMV

1-18

P

50-year-old Johnnie Ray Pilkington in Garner, North Carolina + WRAL

1-17

A

67 year old Evelyn Smigala Mortlock in Live Oak, Florida F + Suwanee Democrat

1-17

P

86 year old Betty Tanaka Santiago in Oahu, Hawaii F + KHON

1-17

P

51 year old Carmen Oleon in Miami, Florida F CBS4

1-16

P

72 year old Dennis Kirmett Albertson in St Paul, Minnesota WCCO

1-15

B

47 year old Dr. Stephen Snedden in Toledo, Ohio (pediatric pulmonary specialist at Toledo Hospital) * ^ WUPW

1-15

B

46 year old Timothy Willett in Fort Wayne, Indiana (police advise possible hit and run) Journal Gazette

1-15

P

52 year old Linda Currie in Detroit, Michigan F WDIV

1-15

P

31-year-old Victor Gutierrez-Flores in Salt Lake City, Utah Salt Lake Tribune

1-15

P

20 year old Lindsy Som in Tacoma, Washington F Tacoma News

1-14

P

63-year old Ramika Roy in Oahu, Hawaii F Honolulu Advertiser

1-14

B

17 year old Randall Lane in Pearland, Texas (truck found - police believe hit and run driver has fled to Mexico) + KTRK

1-14

V

14 year old Laura Carolina Marin in Sunnyvale, California (U.S. Highway 101 and Lawrence Expressway - 2 other women with major injuries - driver of hit vehicle arrested for DUI - other vehicle fled and discovered later) F *

^

Mercury News

1-13

V

18 year old Brian Fitzpatrick in St Paul, Minnesota (died 2/11) * ^ WCCO

1-13

P

53-year old Anthony Keith Serries in Brooklyn, New York City, New York NY Times

1-13

V, V, V

39 year old Guadalupe Ramirez, Francisco A. Martinez, 20,  and Francisco Aguilar Brito, 20, in Anaheim, California (2 others injured)  F * ^ Orange County Register

1-13

P

49 year old Maria Refugia Rodriguez in Tyler, Texas F * Tyler Morning Telegraph

1-13

P

83 year old Jean Janulewicz in Naugatuck, Connecticut F * WFSB

1-13

B

49 year old Frumencio Rodriguez in San Jose, California CBS5


1-12  This was not a hit and run but a  horrible tragedy - Candace Newman, 20; William "Jarrod" Thompson, 20; Richard O'Barr, 20; Josh Bozeman, 21; Brittany Jordan, 18; and Carlee Jordan, 20; all die when the pickup they are riding in is struck by a semi in heavy fog. Our prayers are with these families.

The Clarion - Ledger.

1-12

D

54 year old Russell Alan Sartain in Houston, Texas Houston Chronicle

1-12

V

49 year old Robin Jackson in Huntington, Ohio F * The Herald - Dispatch

1-12

V

33 year old  David Grant in Green Bay, Wisconsin * ^ Green Bay Press Gazette

1-12

B

26 year old Sarah Tucker in San Francisco, California F KTVU

1-11

P

47-year-old Arnulfo Merida in Mesa, Arizona * KTVK

1-11

P

41 year old Rochelle Dixon in Oakland, California F San Francisco Chronicle

1-10

D

22-year-old Lee Thomas Benecia in Donna, Texas KRGV

1-9

P

15 year old Ashley Marie Yoder near Princeton, West Virginia F * ! WVNS

1-9

P

77-year-old Dorothy Smith in Greenfield, Wisconsin F * ! WISN

1-9

A

39-year-old Marian Tumbaga in Windsor, California (judge raises bail after learning of more than one prior DUI from the media, not from court - had five convictions) F * ^ CBS5

1-9

P

39 year-old Vickie Lynn Walton in Nashville, Tennessee F * WTVF

1-9

P

61 year old Sister Paul Mercedes in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (In what police are calling a "bizarre" coincidence, NBC 10 News has learned that Mercedes witnessed someone get struck and killed by a car on Dec. 30. The nun sent the victim's family a letter of condolence, and they just received it. - $10,000 reward for information) F Philadelphia Inquirer

1-8

B

Unnamed 35 years old man in Altadena, California * Pasadena Star

1-8

V

25 year old Joseph Cajuste in Queens, New York City, New York * ^ Newsday

1-7

P

34-year-old Warren Parker in Goose Creek, South Carolina (well known Canadian gospel singer website) + The Post and Courier

1-7

P

31 year old Robert Rawsthorne in San Jose, California CBS5

1-7

P

23-year-old Minerva Pena Juarez in Oxnard, California (3 hit and run drivers - only 1 captured - unlicensed) F Ventura County Star

1-7

P

36-year-old Emmarie Rowe "Mona" in Fort Lauderdale, Florida (I-95 ) F Miami Herald

1-6

V

23 year old Nancy Schnidt in Springfield, Missouri (driver fled on foot after running stop light and being broadsided, vehicle had just fled a traffic stop - Nancy was 3 mos pregnant) F * Springfield News Leader

1-6

P

Unnamed man in Sacramento, California (Watt Avenue and La Riviera) + CBS13

1-6

P

43-year-old Richard Bejarano in Tucson, Arizona * Arizona Daily Star

1-6

A

Unnamed man in Modesto, California (Seventh Street and B Street) + CBS 13

1-5

P

12-year-old Royale Harris in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (first car fled, second car stopped) F ! Philadelphia Inquirer

1-5

V

38-year-old Pierce Neace near Jackson, Kentucky * ^IU Lexington Herald Leader

1-4

P

Unnamed man in Los Angeles, California (47th Street and Hoover) KCAL

1-4

P

37 year old John Fraczek in Dearborn, Michigan WXYZ

1-3

D

41-year-old Gemma Zimmerman in Reno, Nevada (after surviving a single vehicle crash, she was struck and dragged nearly a mile, where she was dislodged and hit by another car) F KRNV

1-3

P

35-year-old Myong Lane in Killeen, Texas * KWTX

1-3

A

Unnamed person in Chicago, Illinois (103rd and Evans streets) NBC5

1-3

P

Unnamed man in Little Rock, Arkansas (Interstate 30 by the Scott Hamilton exit) KATV

1-2

P

Edward Haymon in Warren, Ohio (driver with 6 prior DUI's, pulls over after fleeing scene, pulls body from windshield, lays it on side of road, and drives off) * ^ WKYC

1-2

D

41 year old Lona Martel near Paradise, California F * ^! Paradise Post

1-2

P

31 year old Robert Conway in Anaheim, California * U! OC Register

1-1

P

(6:30 pm) 76 year old Tom Olvera Mendez in Fresno, California Fresno Bee

1-1

P

(5:45 pm) 51 year old Linda Cohen in St Petersburg, Florida (struck by 2 vehicles - only the 2nd stopped - lost her husband to a hit and run driver years ago) F * WTSP

1-1

A

(1 pm) 19-year-old Christian Garrette in Little Rock, Arkansas (leaving church - SUV that struck him reported stolen last month) * IS KARK

1-1

D

(5:23 am)  30 year old Juan Guzman in Irving, Texas (on duty wrecker operator) * Star Telegram

1-1

P

(5 am) 60-year-old James Seay in Syracuse, New York * WCAX

1-1

D

(12:35 am) 61-year-old Philip Alexander Miller Sr "Alex Miller" near New Orleans, Louisiana (member of Rue de Bourbon - appeared in numerous television shows including ""Gunsmoke'' and ""The Six-Million Dollar Man) The Times - Picayune

The last auto fatality of 2005 in El Paso, Texas, the first of 2006 in Hartsell, Alabama, and the first of 2006 in Kansas City, Missouri - all alleged hit and run drivers fleeing minor crashes and being killed when they crash again. One of the last of 2005 in Toledo, Ohio was a man who had crashed on 12/23, while allegedly fleeing a minor hit -skip crash.


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