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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 find a reference here to a lost loved one. These reports are placed here in a brief format to show 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 post it for the public.


* - Driver Arrested ^ - Alcohol Mentioned + - Warrant Issued/Suspect
B Bicycle
M Motorcyclist
A Auto Driver
V Passenger
D Disabled Vehicle

18 years old and younger


February 2005

Date

Name/Location

Source


23 year old Florida resident Chris Alfonso was killed by a hit and run driver on Jan 15, 2000. On August 17, 1999, 6 year old Patrick Leahy was left to die by a hit and run driver in Illinois. In neither of these cases was the driver captured and yet, it is doubtful they would be arrested if they were discovered today! Ask your congressperson to end all state statute of limitations on felony hit and run prosecution!! Tomorrow, it could be your child that falls victim.

2-28

A

Kenneth Garner, 45, near Pandora, Texas * Wilson County News

2-28

V

Julian Madison Pendleton, 23,in Wheaton, Maryland * WJZ13

2-27

P

25-year-old Jose Carranza in Salinas, California * KSBW

2-27

P

57 year old Carlton Stallworth in Cincinnati, Ohio * WCPO

2-27

P

71 year old Saverio Larocca "Sammy" in Brooklyn, New York (Korean War Veteran - NY Daily  leads article "A beloved Brooklyn grandfather was mowed down by a car full of punks who stopped and stared at the 71-year-old's shattered body early yesterday before speeding away, cops and witnesses said.") New York Daily News

2-27

B

Domingo Felipe-Thomas in Rubidoux, California The Press Enterprise

2-27

M

Carlos Hugo Blasio, 27, in East Oakland, California The Daily Review

Abraham Mendoza, 21, killed while driving in a street race in Baldwin Park, California. Other racer fled the scene.

SGV Tribune

2-26

P

Rodney Wilson, 41, in Toledo, Ohio (Tips - call 419-255-1111) Toledo Blade

2-26


20 year old Havens Morgan stopped to help an injured person from a hit and run accident and was struck and killed by an alleged drunk driver in Detroit, Michigan

WDIV

2-25

V

31 week old fetus stillborn after 2 vehicle hit and run injured mother in San Jose, California * ^ Mercury News

2-25

P

26 year old Joel Simpson in Colorado Springs, Colorado * KRDO

2-25

P

Joseph Charles Rogers, 71, in Weymouth, Massachusetts (Joseph was the subject in the award wining documentary "My Uncle Joe") * Boston Herald

2-25

V

Unnamed 17 year old male in New Orleans, Louisiana * KFLY

2-24

P

Elvira Gomez , 76, in Staten Island, New York City, New York F New York Daily News (6-11)

2-24

P

6 year old Maria Zuniga in Stockton, California (grandmother who was escorting her across crosswalk also struck and in critical condition) F * KCRA

2-23

A

42 year old Darryl Burks Younger in Campbell County, Virginia * ^ WPCVA

2-22

P

80 year old Francis P. Flynn in Riviera Beach, Florida (info? - call 561-688-3725) Palm Beach County News

2-22

P

Dale Capps, 48, in Cheyenne, Wyoming * Billings Gazette

2-21

B

42-year-old Royce DaleRamsey near Decatur, Alabama ($5000 reward)
* when researching this name, we discovered Royce had been arrested 9/29/04 for leaving the scene of a single vehicle crash the prior year. He fled after making sure his passenger was ok, though
+ The Huntsville Times

* The Decatur Daily 10/1/04

2-21

P

Amanda Gore, 15, in Mesquite, Texas F * WFAA

2-21

P

15 year old Julio Montes, in Chicago, Illinois (may have been related to a fight amongst numerous teens and intentional) Daily Southtown

2-21

D

46 year old Thomas Bowen in Brevard County, Florida * ^ Florida Today

2-19

A

Charles Williams, 44, in Mobile, Alabama * Mobile Register

2-19

B

Unnamed 70 year old female in Plant City, Florida F WFLA

2-18

P

Daniel Wintergrass, 49, in Gulfport, Mississippi * The Sun Herald

33 year old Christopher Dave Andrews killed in Douglas County, Georgia, when his vehicle is struck by a suspected hit and run driver being pursued by Douglasville police

* ^ Atlanta Journal Constitution

2-17

P

69 year old unnamed woman in San Francisco, California F Bay City News Wire

2-17

A

Matthew E. Moore, 29, in Kosciusko County, Indiana * ^ Journal Gazette

2-17

P

Calvin Kershaw, 59, in Columbia, South Carolina * The State

2-16

P

22-year-old Leslie Draffen in Leslie, Missouri F KSDK

2-16

P

George A. Godsey, 43, in Winslow Township, Pennsylvania * ^ Philadelphia Inquirer

2-16

P

43 year-old Jeannine Starbuck in Franklin County, Missouri (has a son fighting in Iraq) F * KSDK

2-16

P

50-year-old unnamed man in Salt Lake City, Utah (struck by 2 vehicles - first stopped) * Salt Lake Tribune

2-16

P

77 year old Horace Lopez Witherspoon in San Antonio, Texas * KSAT

2-16

P

43-year-old unnamed man in Detroit, Michigan WDIV

2-15

P

81-year-old Maria Feal in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (struck by 2 vehicle's - second stopped) F KYW

Pentagon Police Officer James Feltis, 41, dies from injuries received on 1/11/2005, while trying to flag down a vehicle going the wrong way. He did not realize the vehicle had been carjacked and was being pursued by local police. Suspect captured.

WVEC

2-14

P

68 year old John Trimnell (or John Tirmnell) in St. Joseph County, Michigan * Kalamazoo Gazette

2-14

P

56-year-old Gloria Brooks in Wai'anae, Hawaii F + KHON

2-13

P

Gerald Lee Gishie, 22, in Phoenix, Arizona * KPHO

2-13

V


D
19-year-old Shannay Branch in New York City, New York

NY City police officer, Jehova Delgado, 27
F

* ^ WABC

2-13

B

56-year-old Darrel Robbins in Centreville, Delaware * ^ WPVI

2-12

?

Frazier Coles in Manhattan, New York City, New York New York Daily News (6-11)

2-12

P

26 year old Jennifer Dee Hester in Jacksonville, Texas F + Tyler Morning Telegraph

2-12

P

56 year old Roger Dixon in Greenbrier County, West Virginia * WOAY

2-12

D

Roger Ellis, 23, near St. James, Missouri News Tribune

2-12

?

38-year-old Filberto Navarro in Oakland, California KPIX

2-12

V, V

Nikki M. Wynos, 18, and Marvin J. Pamonicutt, 18 near Keshena, Wisconsin (both in back seat of one car collision with tree, driver and injured front seat passenger left scene) F * Duluth News Tribune

Columnist with Sacramento Bee explains police policy on minor hit and run's that many cities have and most people don't know (Original Article) - (Follow-up)

2-12

V

Unborn male baby in Westwood, Ohio (mother was passenger in car rear ended by hit and run driver - baby boy was due next week - mother in critical condition ) * ^ WCPO

2-11

P

56-year-old O.C. Knight in Dallas, Texas (Mr Knight was eating inside a restaurant when a SUV crashed thru the wall) * Dallas Morning News

2-11

P

Delores Poage, 56 in Cleveland, Ohio (mother of 8, wife and grandmother) F WEWS

2-11

P

11 year old Bonnie Alix Santibanez in El Paso, Texas F * KTSM

Four unsolved hit and run accidents in Fresno, California - Thank you to reporter Marc Benjamin for keeping these victims in the public eye  Article

2-11

P

8 year old Brittani Lynn LaFollette-Stevens in Port Charlotte, Florida (arrested driver is a nurse)

F

* WFLA

2-11

P

42-year-old Vannessa Washington in Syracuse, New York (mother of  seven children)

F

* WWTI

2-11


38 year old Sarah Scantlin from Hutchinson, Kansas, makes appearance on CBS The Early Show today. Sarah had been in a coma-like state for the past 20 years after being struck in September 1984 by a hit and run driver. Last week she amazingly "woke up". The driver was captured and served 6 months for DUI and leaving the scene.

CBS News

2-10

P

Robert Gorham, 70, in Saratoga Springs, New York * The Saratogian (7/30)

2-10

P

Sundee Webster, 58, in San Francisco, California F KPIX

2-10

P

79 year old June Miller in Manhattan, New York

F

* New York Daily News (6-11)

2-10

P

38 year old Gustavo Enrique De Mello in Los Angeles, California Daily Trojan

2-9

P

Panchito Mange, 24, near Blythe, California * Palo Verde Valley Times

2-9

B

38-year-old Gerber Ponce-Gomez in Prince William County, Virginia WMAL

2-9

P

Unnamed 54 year old male in Chicago, Illinois ABC7

Hit and run suspect dies when he runs in front of pursuing police car in Midway City, California.

KTLA

2-8

A,V

Derrick Stephans, 29, and Terrece Robinson, 25, in Chicago, Illinois (driver attempted to flee but was captured immediately and charged with leaving the scene) 

F

* Chicago Tribune

2-8

P

18 year old Latoya Jones in North Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (abandoned vehicle at scene was reported stolen on Monday in Norristown)(tips? - 215-685-3180)

F

+ WPVI

2-8

Unnamed elderly female in New Orleans, Louisiana (suspect surrendered 2/14) F * WWLTV

2-8

P

Unnamed male in Phoenix, Arizona KOLD

Hit and run driver fires gun to distract witnesses who attempted to stop him in French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana. Suspect captured.

WDSU

2-7

A

Timothy Pharris, 42, in Akron, Ohio + Beacon Journal

2-7

P

24-year-old David Thornton in Minden, Louisiana KTAL

2-7

D

68 year old Edward Wegman near Sumner, Washington (putting gas in his wife's car on Sumner-Tapps Highway East - a mother who saw report confronted her 21 year old son about damage to his vehicle and convinced him to turn himself in)  * The News Tribune

2-7

B

20 year-old Kedric Hobbs in Lubbock, Texas (Kedric was a Texas Tech student) * ^ KCBD

2-7

P

84 year old Homer Leong in Oakland, California (struck by 18 ton truck - driver was advised by dispatcher he had struck Leong - witness' report many passed by body without stopping - wife was out walking and came upon scene moments after police arrived) * KNTV

2-6

A

41 year old Karen A. Fischer in Lee County, Illinois

F

The Mendota Reporter

2-6

P

Unnamed 37 year old male in Chicago, Illinois Chicago Tribune

2-6

V

Marcia Vega, 18, in Miami-Dade County, Florida (info - call 305-470-2500)

F

Sun-Sentinel

2-6

P

Brian Taylor, 38, in Deerpark,  New York (info? - call 845-343-5300) Mid-Hudson News

2-5

P

62 year old Hoa Vuong in San Gabriel, California Pasadena Star

2-5


21 year old Sean Camerucci was killed when the car he was riding in was struck by a driver fleeing from a prior hit and run. The hit and run driver was being chased by the victim of the first crash in West Palm Beach, Florida.

^ WPTV

2-5

P

56-year-old Thomas Michael Jackman in New Castle, Indiana (a State Representative's son has been charged) * The Star Press

2-5

P

Richard Mullan, 70, in Tucson, Arizona * Tucson Citizen

2-5

P

54-year-old Tyrone Thomas in Washington, D.C. WTOP

2-4

A

20 year old John Rosciglione in Bridgeton, Missouri (info? - call 314-340-4000) * KPLR

2-4


Jose B. Flores-Montoya, 36, in Gaithersburg, Maryland (Hit and run driver being chased from scene of minor crash strikes tree and passenger dies)

Gazette.net

2-4

P

19 year old Christopher Lee Hart in Kalamazoo, Michigan (police suspect more than one vehicle involved) + Kalamazoo Gazette

2-3

B

Robert D. Butler, 28, near Poulsbo, Washington * ^ Associated Press

2-3

A

70 year old Columbia Delatorre in Oakland, California (car reported stolen 1/2 hour before crash - Crime Stoppers of Oakland is offering up to $1,000 in reward money for information leading to the suspect's arrest)

F

KCBS

Bob and Carmen Pack announced today that after a successful invitro fertilization, they are expecting twins in October. The Pack's lost their only children, Troy, 10, and Alana, 7, to a hit and run driver in October 2003.
Contra Costa Times

2-2

D

Omar Fontillas, 44, near Oakland, California (died 2/12 - Good Samaritan stopped to help driver involved in 1 vehicle crash) San Francisco Chronicle

2-2

B

David Craig Little, 37, in San Diego, California (driver stopped a few blocks away) * KFMB

NYPD makes arrest in 2-1/2 year old Queens hit and run case that killed 15 year old  Matthew Tedesco

2-1

P

51-year-old Paul Buehler in Rockford, Illinois * ^ WTVO

2-1

V

Unnamed  male in Santa Ana, California (Driver flees minor hit and run and then calls police from home - police discover passenger had died from injuries) * ^ KTLA

While racing from a minor accident, suspected hit and driver crashes into another vehicle being driven by Ernest San Miguel, 41, who dies. Driver captured. San Antonio, Texas

WOAI

2-1

P

Patricia Quittle, 48, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (victim of drag race between 2 cars)

F

*

WPVI

2-1 

 Paul Cote "Pete", 68, in Taunton, Massachusetts

*

WJAR


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