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Fatal Hit and Run Accidents

Some of the most recent victims from internet news sources

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(These are not just faceless names These are human being's, left to die on our streets, highways, and elsewhere. The list could easily contain your child, your brother or sister, your mother or father, your uncle or aunt, your grandparents. It's time for society to demand responsibility.

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.

This impersonal list is only published to reveal how prevalent this problem is.
 


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

18 years old and younger


March 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! The hit and run killer of Barbara Mazick Kifer (October 2, 1987) in Indiana had his 1999 conviction overturned when higher courts decided he was not prosecuted within the 5 year statutue of limitations.  Ask your congress person to end all state statute of limitations on felony hit and run prosecution!! Tomorrow, it could be your child that falls victim.

3-31

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Unnamed male in San Antonio, Texas KSAT

3-31

A

27 year old Brooke Katz in Atlanta, Georgia (Brooke was in her first trimester of pregnancy full name was Stephanie Brooke Jackson Katz) F * Atlanta Journal Constitution

3-30

P

65 year old male in Mobile, Alabama WAFF

3-30

A

Sam Mavrikas, 84, in Savannah-Chatham, Georgia

*

WTOC

3-30

P

Anorel Burke, 24, in Kansas City, Missouri F * Kansas City Star

3-30

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3 year old Andres Elida Coral in Denver, Colorado + CBS4

3-29


2 unnmed people are killed as they attempt to flee a minor accident, causing numerous other accidents, the last of which cost them their lives as they were trapped in their burning car in Chicago, Illinois.

NBC5

3-28

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30 year old Andrew Norton near Joplin, Missouri KODE

3-28

P

63 year old Juan Antonio Rivera in Port Chester, New York The Journal News

3-28

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Maria Munoz in Quannes, New York City, New York F New York Daily News (6-12)

3-28

B

43 year old Katherine Black in Sonoma County, California F Record Bee

3-28

P

Unnamed male in Houston, Texas KTRR

3-28


3 of 4 motorcyclists successfully passed a car at a high rate of speed before the fourth hit a car head on, killing both the motorcyclist and the driver of the car. None of the other motorcyclists stopped near Union Grove, Wisconsin

The Journal Times

3-27

D

Pedro Medina-Meza, 21, in Oakland, California (after being forced into a guardrail by a hit and run driver, the man exited his car and was struck and killed by another vehicle that stopped) KRXI

3-26

V

28 year old Jami Agudelo in Miami Beach, Florida (mother of 2) F + NBC5

3-26

A

40 year old Everald Gayle near Kissimmee, Florida Osceola News-Gazette

3-26

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55-year-old Jerry Dewitt McComb in Oakland, California CBS5

3-26


Today is day 100 for 13 year old James Bussinger of Warminster, Pennsylvania in the Children's Seashore House in Atlantic City. James suffered a traumatic brain injury when he was struck by a hit and run driver on December 17th, 2004 while skate boarding with friends. He has not spoken since that day. Driver surrendered to police. Our hopes and prayers go out to James and his family.

3-25

"We were just so panicked and worried the whole time he was there," Patti said. "And then once he came home, we kind of breathed a sigh of relief, everything's good, he's safe now. And then, now he's in Trauma ICU. It's just a very scary situation." Patti Roberts to KLTV in reference to her son, 22 year old Matthew Roberts who survived a tour in Iraq with the Air Force last year, only to be seriously injured in a hit and run accident in Tyler, Texas. KLTV

3-25


Unnamed male fleeing from minor non injury accident is killed when he runs into heavy traffic and is struck - in Apache Junction, Arizona


The Arizona Republic

3-25

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Ilya Aptekar, 85, in Brooklyn, New York (retired Russian-born astrophysicist) New York Post

3-24

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80 year old Frank Rudolph in Trumbull County, Ohio (died in November) * Tribune Chronicle (12/30)

3-24

A

65-year-old John Maples in Bay County, Florida * WTVY

3-23


Dispatched to  a reported hit and run, Louisville Police Officer Peter Grignon, 28, was shot and killed this morning. The shooter committed suicide.

* WAVE

3-22

D

44 year old Alfonso Mendoza near Turlock, California (was a passenger in a single vehicle accident in which the driver fled. Walking along the highway, he was then hit by a second hit and run driver and killed) Modesto Bee

3-21

D

23 year old Quenton Mathis in Millville, Florida

* WJHG

3-21

P

Unnamed man in Christian County, Kentucky Kentucky New Era

77-year-old John Amerson fleeing minor hit and run is killed when his car hit a curb and flips into a river in Corpus Christi, Texas. Subject had health problems and police now believe subject was disoriented.

Corpus Christi Caller Times

3-21

A

24 year old Bret Harte near Concord, California (CHP is calling this a non contact hit and run) Contra Costa Times

3-21

A

Michael William Muhammed of Chicago, 34, in Chicago, Illinois (involved in second crash caused by stopped traffic from hit and run crash) NBC5

3-21

P

Unnamed male in Austin, Texas (pedestrian hit by numerous cars - only one stopped)

Second hit and run in Austin in as many days. News 8 Austin reports Austin had 8,300 hit and run accidents in 2004, 250 of them fatal (I believe this is a typo - possible meant 25 fatal).

KVUE

3-20

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43-year-old John C Tozer, Jr in Galloway Township, New Jersey WPVI

3-20

P

29-year-old Celestino Alvaran in Waco, Texas * Waco Tribune

3-20

A

Mary Cannon, 54, near Indianapolis, Indiana (laying in the road after a single vehicle crash, victim was run over by a hit and run vehicle) F ^ Indianapolis Star

3-20

M

27 year old Joseph E Thomas Jr in Port Arthur, Texas + Port Arthur News

3-20

P

Danny Gonzales, 55, in Amarillo, Texas * Amarillo Globe News (7/2/05)

3-20

V, V

Jose Juvenal Barron, 40, and Maria Elena Ortega, 43 in South Austin, Texas F * KVUE

Missouri State Trooper Carl Dewayne Graham is shot and killed outside his house in Carter County, Missouri. By 3/29, troopers announce they have arrested a suspect who was being investigated by Graham for a hit and run fatality from November 26, 2004, in which the driver fled a single vehicle crash, leaving a deceased passenger.
KYTV

3-20


Amy Ruth Kent, 24, of Santa Barbara, California, in Rosarito, Mexico

Union Tribune

3-19

P

Sammie L. Martin, 54, in Bastrop, Louisiana * Bastrop Daily Enterprise

3-19

V

21-year-old Jeremy Tuckett near Tumwater, Washington (passenger in single vehicle crash - driver fled)(KOMO reporting Jeremy being kept alive on life support for organ donation) * KING5

3-19

P

44-year-old Madeline Scaumont in Lafayette, Louisiana F * KPLC

3-18

P

15-year-old Dewey Bergman in Newberry, Michigan (passed away on 3/22) * WOOD TV

3-18

B

33 year old Christopher Leonard Turner in Huntsville, Alabama News Observer

3-18

P

49 year old Willie James Hines in Memphis, Tennessee WREG

3-18


Lovell Keith Adams, 17-years-old, near Cancun, Mexico while on vacation (nicknamed J.R. and well liked football star at Valley Christian High School) - did you know hit and run is not a crime in Mexico - see our Believe it or Not section
Mercury News

3-18


Papers all over the country, and world today, are writing about the minor hit and run actress Paula Abdul is suspected of being involved in. Where are our priorities, when names of those killed by hit and run drivers get so little attention?

Nick Ruppert, hit and run victim, and presently in a coma, who's life was saved by USAF EMT. Site here We hope his name is off this page very soon.

3-17

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Beulah May Garner, 92, in Madera, California F Madera Tribune

3-17

V, V, V

3 dead in crash involving vehicle reportedly carrying illegal immigrants near Laguna, New Mexico. KOBE

3-17

A

Victoria Quintero, 51 in Perris, California F The Press- Enterprise

A suspect is shot in Ohio after charging a state trooper with an axe. Suspect was wanted in connection with numerous hit-skip accidents, including the off duty trooper, prior to the incident.

3-16

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50 year old Raymond James Castles in Pinellas Park, Florida St Petersburg Times

3-16

P

45 year old Anthony Fernando Imperiose in San Diego, California (police initially are listing as 'possible' hit and run victim) Union-Tribune

3-15

P

Unnamed Hispanic male in his 60's in Sylmar, California LAPD Press Release

3-15

P

37-year-old  Myron Joseph Barney, in Pacoima, California * NBC4

3-15

P

45-year-old Rhonda Hansberry in Little Rock, Arkansas (possible hit and run victim) F KTHV

3-14

V

16 month old Ca'naree Threatt in Pam Beach Gardens, California (arrested driver was 14 year old in stolen vehicle)

*

Sun Sentinel

3-14

P

Unnamed male in Citrus Heights, California KRCA

3-13

P

24 year old Orianna Lamirand Beam in Loranger, Louisiana (killed in front of her house - when police arrived they discovered Orianna's 3 small children in the house) F * Louisiana State Police release

3-13

P

Mary LoRusso, 84, in Rome, New York ($5000 reward) F WIXT

3-13

P

76 year old Donald Hennessy in New York City, New York (father of 9, grandfather of 19) * WNBC

3-13

P

Alysia Benson, 46, in Harris County, Texas (Alysia was an employee with the Houston Chronicle - in 1996, the son of another Chronicle employee, 23 year old Richard Garcia, Jr. was killed by a hit and run driver. - $5000 reward - call 713-222-TIPS) F Houston Chronicle

3-12

V

25 year old Christopher Walker in Springfield, MO (search engines we monitor never picked up this local story - how many other victims we are not seeing) KYTV

3-12

P

23 year old Oscar Mireles in Fort Worth, Texas Star Telegram

3-12

P

27 year old Thomas Ishmael near Vail, Colorado The Vail Trail

3-12

P

34 year old Louie Boyer  in St Louis, Missouri KSDK

3-12

P

Tony Anthony Grier, 49, in Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina * ^ Charlotte Observer

3-12

P

Keith Wayne Murphy, 51, in Henrico County, Virginia Richmond Times-Dispatch

3-11

P

18 year old Sarah Marie Jones in Bonner County, Idaho F * ^ Bonner County Daily Bee

3-11

P

Gordon Dungan, 27, in Howard County, Maryland Baltimore Sun

3-10

P

72 year old Sandra Deleon in Sylmar, California F KTLA

3-10

M

Powell Williams, 27, in Tucson, Arizona * The Arizona Daily Star

3-10

P

Possible female victim in Arlington, Florida F First Coast News

3-10

P

Unnamed male in Memphis, Tennessee WREG

3-10

P

Unnamed female in Orlando, Florida F * WFTV

Ohio is expected to pass a provision dropping its front license plate rule and only requiring motor vehicles to exhibit a rear license plate this year. The savings to the state  will be $2.1 million annually. The cost will be making it more difficult for potential witnesses to identify hit and run vehicles.

3-9

B

20 year old Robert M Cummings Jr near Red River Army Depot, Texas * Texarkana Gazette

3-9

B

39-year-old Lyndon Bain Peak in Summerfield, North Carolina News-Record

3-8

A

Abby Martinez, near Fort Myers, Florida (died 4/3) WINK

3-8

P

Jennifer Eicholtz, 33, in Madera, California F Fresno Bee

3-8

A

49-year-old Janeen M Yeager in Beach Park, Illinois F * ^ NBC5

3-7

D

21-year-old James David Simmons in Jasper, Texas KBTV

3-7

P

Frank Gomez, 57, in Chicago, Illinois (former Chicago police officer) * NBC5

3-7

D

Christina L. Belcher, 31, in Tucson, Arizona (second vehicle that hit her stopped) F The Tucson Citizen

3-6

V, V

Kadeem Howell, 11, and Cedric Djuan Reed, 15, in Jacksonville, Florida F * Miami Herald

3-6

M

23-year-old Matthew Godwin in Sacramento, California (motorcyclist struck one of 2 vehicles street racing that had spun out of control) ^ KXTV

3-6

P

37-year-old Trudy Inez Jones in Rayville, Louisiana * KNOE

3-6

B

79-year-old Lev Mirnik in Louisville, Kentucky WHAS

3-5

V

Avelino Raul Garcia, 20, in Sacramento, California (passenger in single vehicle accident - driver fled) + Sacramento Bee

3-5


34 year old Lawrence, Indiana Police Officer Craig S. Herbert killed by driver being pursued by other officers. Driver fled but was captured later. Craig was a married father of two.

WTHR

3-5

A

Bonita Ray Cumbie, 54, near Pittsboro, North Carolina * ^ The Herald Sun

3-5

P

39-year old John Brickwall Hendricks, Jr., near Barco, North Carolina WAVY

3-5

P

18-year-old Ashley Thompson in Fayetteville, North Carolina * TWEAN

3-5

A

University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh assistant football coach Joseph E. Mostofi, 27, in Winnebago County, Wisconsin  * ^ Oshkosh Northwestern

3-5

P

2 year old Moses Joseph in Palm Beach County, Texas (driver of ice cream struck child, stopped, picked him up, the dropped him and fled) * Palm Beach Post

3-4

P

43-year-old Steven M. Fusciardi, in Ocean County, New Jersey * Asbury PArk Press

3-4

V

Ashley Mahoney, 17, in North Attleboro, Massachusetts F WCVB

3-4

A

Robert Stilwell, 77, in Odessa, Texas * Odessa American

3-4

A

Bonita Ray Cumbie, 53, in Chatham County, North Carolina F * ^ Herald Sun

3-4

P

24 year old Shameka Lashawn Murdaugh (or Shemeka) in Orangeburg County, South Carolina (arrested driver was an Orangeburg County sheriff's officer - sergeant) F * The Times and Democrat

3-4

P

Louis Palermo, 54, in Waterbury, Connecticut (Louis was a retired Waterbury police officer) * NBC30


Monzell Debrow and Clifton Davis killed in car in Shreveport, Louisiana, when pickup fleeing police strikes them. Driver flees on foot

Times Picayune

3-4

A, V,V

Savita Singh, 21, Adeeb Mannan, 19, and Anuj Agarwal, 19, in Long Island, New York F
F
* New York Post

Convicted hit and run driver in death of 9 year old girl, sentenced to death in China

China Daily

3-3

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Marlin James "Rick" Huntley, 55, in Boise, Idaho (never recovered from injuries incurred in a hit and run on Oct. 5, 2004) Press & Dakotan

3-3

A

23-year-old Alejandrina Corral in Yuma, Arizona * ^ Yuma Sun (4/30)

3-3

P

43 year old Terri Hales in Gainesville, Florida (first driver stopped, second did not) F WCJB

3-3

B

78 year old Roman Moros in Arlington Heights, Illinois (Roman was hit on Oct 19, 2004 and been in the hospital since - Info about hit and run driver? - Call (847) 590-7867) Daily Herald

3-3

A

Henry Murphy, 43, near Posen, Illinois Chicago Tribune

3-2

A

Tamara Fuentes, 23, in Greeley, Colorado F * CBS4

3-2

P

13 year old Donald Ackerman in Charleston, South Carolina   * WIS

3-2

V, V

20-year-old Matthew Deppert and 17-year-old Justin Barr, in Clearwater, Florida (suspect vehicle had fled from police earlier but media reports do not show vehicle was being pursued at time of crash) * ^ St Petersburg Times

Why some people should not be allowed to type on a computer - See Blog Critics "Why is hit-and-run such a great crime?" I do NOT recommend family members of a victim reading this. It will just make you angry.


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