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This is the archives for December 2004
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These hit and run accident victims were gathered from various news agencies and carry only a percentage of the actual cases of fatal hit and run, leaving the scene of a fatality crash, or fatal hit-skip crashes that happen daily in the United States. Reports may or may not include details on victims names and media may not follow-up initial reports. Hit and run is a crime that shows no prejudice to age, sex, or race. 

(To family members or friends of a victim who may find a reference here to a lost loved one. These reports are placed here in a brief format to shock the general public about how common hit and run fatalities are. We apologize that the brevity does not give your loved one the respect they deserve. Please feel free to e-mail us any tribute, information, or correction you would like to see on this site and we will share it with the public.

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M Motorcyclist
A Auto Driver
V Passenger
D Disabled Vehicle

December 2004

Date

Name/Location

Source

12-31

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(11:40 pm) 21-year-old Adam Pierce in Cincinnati, Ohio WCPO

12-31

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(evening) 9 year old Tekeyah Williams in Charlottesville, Virginia (taken off life support 2 days later - while riding scooter - nicknamed "Pooh") F * The Daily Progress

12-31

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(4:30 pm) Souchat Chhouen, 29, in San Diego, California     San Diego Union Tribune

12-31

V

(2 am) Hugo Maldonado Contreras, 20, in Riverside, California * ^ San Bernardino News

12-31

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Michael W. Goodwin, 31, near Collinsville, Alabama (sanitation worker loading truck) Cherokee County Herald

12-29

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20 year old Neil Acharya in Beavercreek, Ohio (Wright State University student) WHIO

12-29

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John Trinh, 33, in San Francisco, California
(San Francisco Examiner 1/3/05 - at least 9 people were killed in 2004 in S.F. due to hit and run)
+ The Examiner

12-29

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63-year old Lloyd Vanderver in Jefferson County, Alabama * NBC13

12-29

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20-year old Joshua Luke Currier in Kingsport, Virginia WCYB

12-26

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Will P. Wolfe, 26, and Brian E. Schug, 26, near Willshire, Ohio  * The Decatur Daily Democrat (2/9/05)

12-25

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26 year old Tavares Kegler in Kissimmee, Florida * ^ Orlando Sentinel

12-25

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Walter Bragagnolo, 46, in Tempe, Arizona Ahwatukee Foothills News

12-25

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Gabriel Martinez, 19, in Oakland, California KPIX

12-25

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39 year old Larin Troy Redbird in Phoenix, Arizona The Arizona Republic

12-25

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Benson Cornelius, 15, and Dejuan Harris, 14,  in Miami, Florida * The Ledger

12-24

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Brandi Woolwine, 20, in Houston, Texas F Houston Chronicle

 12-24

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Tracy Ruiz, 24, in Chicgao, Illinois (3 car collision - other 2 fled) F Daily Southtown

12-24

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Gustavo Marquez, 24, in Wimauma, Florida + St Petersburg Times

12-24

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Delinwood Earl Pearson, 50, and Janet Johnson Pearson, 47, near Rocky Mount, North Carolina F * Goldsboro News Argus

12-23

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Floyd Bryant, 73, in Jacksonville, Florida News4Jax.com

12-23

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Alan J. Lisi, 49, in Johnston, Rhode Island Providence Journal

12-23

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Dwight Love, 23, in Fairview Heights, Illinois * Post-Dispatch

Victim of minor hit and run now faces 2 counts of vehicular homicide after the hit and run driver he was chasing at over 100 mph on October 2nd, lost control and hit another car head on. Both the hit and run driver, and the party in the oncoming car, William Streilein, 48, were killed. San Antonio, Florida. 911 operator had instructed victim to discontinue chase before crash.


AP Wire

12-22

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Benjamin Fagan, 80, in Glendale, Wisconsin (police pursuit victim) * WISN

12-22

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63 year old Yu Li in Brooklyn, New York F New York Daily News

12-22

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55-year-old Bart Hatcher in Yuma County, Arizona * Yuma Sun

12-22

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4 month fetus in Okeechobee County, Florida * ^ Okeechobee News

12-22

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Sherman L. Slade, 49-year-old, in Palmdale, California * NBC4

12-22

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61 year old Pedro L Colon-Centeno in Dade City, Florida WDAE

12-21

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33-year-old Christopher A. Combs near Old Town, Florida Chiefland Citizen

12-21

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David Billy, 23, in Citrus Heights, California (family offering $500+ reward) News10

12-21

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Sammie Lee McGhee, 41, in Coahoma County, Mississippi Clarksdale Press Register

12-21

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82 year old Eunice R Felder in St Louis, Missouri F * St  Louis Post Dispatch

12-19

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Unnamed female in Phoenix, Arizona F The Arizona Republic

12-19

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75-year-old Raymond Bailey in St Mary Parish near Lafayette, Louisiana * ^ KLFY

12-19

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Richard Christie, 51, in Revere, Massachuesetts Boston Herald

12-19

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Faustino Garcia Olvera, 39,  in Rock Hill, South Carolina * The Herald

(12-19) Two US soldier's killed and 2 injured in hit and run accident in Kuwait City. Hit and run driver, an Egyptian, later turned themself in. Soldiers were changing flat tire on their vehicle. Official notice issue 12/22 - The Department of Defense announced today the death of two soldiers supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. They died Dec. 19 in Shuaybah, Kuwait, when a vehicle struck them. Both soldiers were assigned to the 180th Transportation Battalion, 13th Corps Support Command, Fort Hood, Texas. Killed were: Staff Sgt. Donald B. Farmer, 33, of Zion, Ill and Sgt. Berry K. Meza, 23, of League City, Texas

12-18

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Manual Vazquez Ayala, 59, in Ponca City, Oklahoma * ^ KOCO

12-18

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24-year old Damon Morrison in New Orleans, Lousiana WGNO

12-18

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Michael Hermann Biden, 45, in Martinsburg, West Virginia * WHAG

12-18

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26 year old Mark Provost in Bossier City, Lousiana WSST

12-18

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Unnamed male in Miami, Florida Miama Herald

12-18

D

William F. Grieb, 34, in Burlington County, New Jersey * ^ Courier Post

12-18

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Sandra Capellan or Cappellan, 49, in New York City (Headline - Beloved Mom of Two Killed by Hit and Run Sick-o) F NY Post

12-17

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71-year-old Clayton Orechoneg in Youngstown, Ohio F * WYTV

12-17

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Timothy Michael Patrie, 22, in Trousdale County, Tennessee Macon County Times

12-17

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22 year old Megan McCrary in Madison, Tennessee  F * ^ The Tennessean

12-16

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22 year old Maria Luisa Mendes near Brownsville, Texas F * ^ Brownsville Herald

12-16

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20-year-old Daniel Valle in Cobb County, Georgia * ^ WXIA

12-16

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Carolyn Lane, 51, in Austin, Texas (struck by 2 hit and run vehicles) F News 8

Berkeley Police release sketch of suspect hit and run driver from 6 year old fatality - here -  We applaud the BPD for their continued vigilance on this case!


12-15

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Stuart Mark Johnston, 36, in Southern Pines, North Carolina (Sprint employee laying cable on side of road) The Pilot Newspaper

12-15

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Ralph Scott Kemmerer, 35, in Tampa Bay, Florida (husband and father of 3 young children) WTSP

12-15

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34 year old Maria A. Silva in Chicago, Illinois F * NBC5

12-15

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Mitchell Mize, 18, near Seymour, Tennessee Knoxville Sentinel

12-15

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54-year-old Robert Moore in St. Louis, Missouri KMOV


While this page only lists those who have died, we take note of a story out of Gaithersburg, Maryland of a critically injured subject. NBC4 is reporting Jack Bennie Cole, 56, was pushing a cart that contained coffee, hot chocolate and other food items for victims of an earlier house fire at 1:10 am this morning when he was struck by a hit and run driver. NBC4 states Mr Cole is in the Suburban Hospital with life-threatening injuries, in critical but stable condition. We hope and pray this Good Samaritan finds the mercy that he was so willing to give, but that a stranger stole from him. Update!! Mr Phil Dennis emailed and advised as of 1/13/05, Jack Cole is still hospitalized but improving. Article here.

12-15

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44 year Joann Ceglecki, in Brooklyn, New York (struck by 2 vehicles - neither stopped) F Daily News

12-14

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Ginny cowart Crisler, 57, in Albany, Georgia F WALB

12-13

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Robert K. Davis, 17, in Wai'anae, Hawaii * ^ Honolulu Advertiser

12-13

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65 year old James Theodore Atkins in Greensboro, North Carolina (First vehicle stopped, second did not) WXII

12-13

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Brenda Harrington, 50, near Culleoka, Tennessee F * The Tennessean

12-13

A, V

Dominic Bimbo, 25, and Meredith Barsalou, 25, near Boynton Beach, Florida (this may be ruled not to have been hit and run) F Sun Sentinel

12-13

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Edward William Rose, 63, near Marana, Arizona (Numerous calls to 911 reporting animal carcass on road turns out to be human - police report not one motorists stopped while numerous struck the victim - original hit and run driver stopped at nearby overpass just long enough to remove bike parts and human remains from vehicle. According to eTrucker.com a semi is suspected as initial hit and run vehicle and only 25% of Mr Rose's body was recovered.) KVOA

12-13

B

Cloyd Green, 49, in Mobile, Alabama Mobile Register


Sade Baderinwa, co-anchor for New York's WABC Eyewitness News, returned to work today after spending nearly 6 months recovering from serious injuries received in a hit and run accident on 7/23/2004. Sade was about to go live and report on flooding when a hit and run driver struck her and fled.

12-12

P

Leonor Soriano, 44, in Anaheim, California F + NBC4

12-12

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Reserve officer Sheldon Gordon, 63, in Dallas, Texas * NBC5

12-11

V

Vera Simon, 55, in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania (died when her vehicle was struck by vehicle fleeing from police) F * Willes-Barre Times Leader

12-11

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44 year old David Earl Nicholas in Fort Mill, South Carolina (arrested suspect had license suspended 4 times in last 4 years and 11 tickets - but was valid at time of crash) * The Herald

12-11

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69-year-old unnamed male in Englewood, Colorado KUSA

12-10

P

67 year old Janice Lillian Johnson in Santa Barbara, California F Santa Barbara

Blair Anderson from the US had flown into Saltburn, England to marry her English fiancee on Saturday. On Friday, the day before the planned ceremony, her future husband, Serviceman Kristoffer Tott, 22, was killed in a hit and run accident. (source - Sunday Mirror)
Driver being sought for earlier hit and run is killed when he hits a bus in Union County, North Carolina (source - WSOC)

12-10

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Unnamed man near Ontario, California Daily Bulletin

12-10

M

Michael L. DeMasse, 31, in Portsmouth, Virginia WVEC

12-9

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21-year-old Michael Gonzales in Corpus Christi, Texas * ^ KRIS

12-9

P

WGHP titles story "Hit and Run Victim Dies" - Kenneth Cales, Jr dies from earlier crash - no further info WGHP

12-9

V, V

Ricky Rodriguez, 19, and William Zacharias, 19, in Chicago, Illinois NBC5

12-9

P

24-year-old Jason Kaufman in Sayreville, New Jersey (source - WCBS) (Jason took the train to work because he was going to a party after work and didn't want to drink and drive. He called his brother that evening from the train station and advised he would walk home. His brother drove to the station to get him and pulled up to the crash scene moments after police arrived. Police say hit numerous cars drove by the body partially in the road)

WCBS

12-8

V

26 year old Lidia Camarena-Hernandez in Mead Valley, California (mother of 3) F Press Enterprise

12-8

P

Tonia Marshall, 30, pushing a man in a wheelchair in Fort Myers, Florida F + News Press

12-7

P

Phillip E. Elliot, 66, in Maplewood, Minnesota (first car that struck Phillip stopped, second did not) St Paul Pioneer Press

12-7

P

Janis Avery in Ithaca, New York F * TWEAN

12-7

P

65 year old Heja Clare Hahn in Skyway, Washington (Heja is the mother to a KING5 news reporter and family has offered an $8M reward) F KING5

12-6

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Omar Torres Hernandez near Hobbs, New Mexico * The New Mexico Chanel

12-6

P

Charrisse Renee Bowman, 36, in Greensboro, North Carolina (died from injuries 12/16 - mother of 2) F News-Record

12-6

P

Kathleen Shepard, 52, in  Redwood City, California F KGOTV

12-5

P

William Andrew Stempin, 17, in Elba, New York * WIVB

12-5

V, V

Daniel R. Castore, 27, and Hwa-Hsiu Shu, 26, in Bloomfield, Pennsylvania F * Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

12-5

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Dino Matton or Motton, 44, in Chicago, Illinois Chicago Tribune

12-5

A

Marizel Johnson, 25, in Georgetown, Texas F KVUE

12-5

P

21-year-old George W Linares in St Paul, Minnesota + WCCO

12-5

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Unnamed 27 year old male in Dekalb County, Georgia WSBTV

Suspect arrested in 4 year old hit and run  fatality investigation - Monroe, Louisiana

A reported hit and run driver is on life support (later died) and his passenger dead, when their vehicle fell into a flood control channel while being chased by the victim of a prior crash. - San Bernardino, California

12-4

D

28-year-old Gonzalo Martinez, in Corpus Christi , Texas * ^ Corpus Christi Caller Times

12-4

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James Felger, 66, in Girard, Ohio * WYTV, WKBN

12-4

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18-year-old Elias Hernandez-Espinosa in Lake Worth, Florida Sun Sentinel

12-4

P

16 year old Michael Staton in Greenville, North Carolina + WRAL


(12-4) Passenger in vehicle fleeing from minor hit and run killed when vehicle collides with second vehicle. - Tacoma, Washington

12-3

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37 year old Melvin D. Hampton in Kansas City, Missouri KCTV5

12-3

B

34 year old Robert Register near Dunn, North Carolina WRAL

12-3

V

Javier Torres-Romero, 20, near Mossyrock, Washington * The Oregonian

12-2

D

17 year old Michelle Booker in Plant City, Florida F WFTS

12-2

V

Anthony Smith, 34, near Palmetto, Florida (3rd hit and run fatality in Manatee County, FL in last 2 weeks) Herald Tribune

12-2

D

Zane Rice, 42, in Burleson, Texas (Zane, a wrecker driver, had just extracted a disabled vehicle from a ditch when he was struck and killed) NBC5

12-2

V, V

Josefina Corrales-Rocha, 49, and Catalina Villanueva, 10, near Soledad, California F
F
* ^ The Salinas Californian

12-2

P

34-year-old Victor Roblero in Georgetown, South Carolina WISTV

12-2

A,V

37 year old Jose Ibarra and Julio Cortez, 32, in Dallas, Texas Dallas Morning News

12-1

V

2 year old Ethan Bayless in Horn Lake, Mississippi * ^ The Sun Herald

12-1

B

40 year old Lloyd Von Stockhausen in Maui, Hawaii (known as Veggie Boy) Honolulu Advertiser


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105 total less 2 -  1 male driver and 1 female passenger from police pursuits
10 bicyclists /  10 minus 1=9 auto driver / 19 minus 1=18 passengers/ 7 motorcyclists /
7 outside disabled vehicle / 50 pedestrians / 1 unknown