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Here are some of this months victims gathered from internet news sources


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August 2005

Date

Name/Location

Source


On June 5, 1999, mother of six, and grandmother of eight, 56 year old Leona Doucette was struck and thrown onto the hood of a station wagon being driven by then 19 year old James Dean Abramofsky Jr. Alive and banging on the hood to stop, Leona slid off as the driver braked. Then, the driver instead of stopping, or backing up, or even backing up to flee, accelerated and drove over the helpless woman. As he fled, horrified witness' saw the driver and his laughing girlfriend toss beer cans out the window. While the prosecutor asked for a sentence of 12 to 15 years after he pled guilty to vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of an accident, in a ruling that would help Boston Judge Isaac Borenstein make Reader's Digest January 2001 issue's 'Year's Worst Judges', the driver was sentenced to 3-1/2 years in prison and a 10 year revocation of his drivers license. After serving less than 3 years, James has now appealed to the Massachusetts Division of Insurance's Board of Appeal to get his drivers license. His hearing is August 24th. For Massachusetts residents who would like to make their feelings in this case known, here is the board's e-mail address, taken from the state web site.  


8-31

A

25 year old Kari Rosenberg in Cincinnati, Ohio F WLWT

8-31

M

36 year old David Matthew Ghiloni in Los Angeles, California * LA Times

8-30

A

34-year-old Russell Dean Thompson Jr near Georgetown, Minnesota * The Forum

8-30

P

65 year old Vera Smith in New Orleans, Louisiana (killed by a hit and run driver in the panic to flee flooding New Orleans from Hurricane Katrina) F Orlando Sentinel

8-30

V, V

22 year old Trent Kenneth Robinson, and Seth Mineo Timothy, 21, in Missoula, Montana * ^ The Missoulian

Judge sentences hit and run driver to life in prison plus 320 years for second-degree murder and 32 counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon in Ada, Oklahoma. Septemeber 2004 crash killed 18 year old Joseph Tusan and left Dennis Scales a quadriplegic, and was a case of racially motivated road rage.

Jennifer Porter, the Florida school teacher charged with the hit and run deaths of Bryant Wilkins, 13, and his 3year-old brother, Durontae Caldwell, in March 2004, pled guilty today.

NBC5


Tampa Tribune

8-29

B

63 year old Harendra Sinha in Columbia County, Georgia (driver drove 1 mile from scene with victim lodged in widshield before abandoning car - victim died 9/23)

*

^ Augusta Chronicle

8-29

P

Unnamed 54-year-old man in San Gabriel, California Pasadena Star - News

8-29

B

16 year old Beonka Walters in Houston, Texas (died 9/6) F Houston Chronicle

8-29

B

15-year-old Gregoria Rodriguez in West Valley City, Utah (witness' say looked intentional but first indications are driver was under the influence of something) * ^ Daily Herald

8-29

P

20-year old Erwin Cottrell near Ashwauneon, Wisconsin CBS5

42 year old man dies when his vehicle hits a parked car in Portland, Oregon. Moments before, this driver was involved in a non injury hit and run, and was being followed by witness'.

The Oregonian

8-28

B

6-year-old Taylor Brooke Shirey in Floyd County, Georgia F * Rome News - Tribune

8-28

V

Unnamed woman in Sacramento, California F + KCRA

8-28 19 year old Brian Kapko killed and 2 others injured in Arvada, Colorado, when a stolen vehicle being chased by police strikes their vehicle. The two men in the stolen car fled on foot, but were later captured.                  

"Investigators say a Ford Taurus was traveling in the wrong lane when it slammed into a Chevy Equinox. Both drivers and a passenger in the Chevy were injured in the crash. Authorities say 35-year old - - of Johnson City, the driver of the Taurus, fled the scene after the wreck but was caught a short time later. He was arrested and charged with DUI 12th offense, leaving the scene of an accident, simple possession and several other traffic violations." (12 DUI's? Does someone have to die before the courts do something)

Denver Post


News Channel 11
8/28/05

8-27

P

24 year old Percy Charley  near Farmington, New Mexico Farmington Daily News

8-27

B

41 year old Davie Donald Carter in Woodland, California (700 block of Kentucky Avenue) Daily Democrat

8-27

P

43-year-old Bonnie Waterfield in Hartland, New York F * WBEN

23 year old driver killed and passenger seriously injured when their car crashed into a building as they fled a minor hit and run accident in Johnston, Rhode Island


Providence Journal

8-26

P

54-year-old Wen Di Gao in San Gabriel, California * Pasadena Star - News

8-26

V, V

11-year-old Jackie and 8-year-old David Ball near Lake City, Florida F First Coast News

8-26

V

Unnamed 11 year old girl in Columbia County, Florida F WJXT

8-25

P

48 year old Frank Rotunno in Port St. Lucie, Florida * Port St. Lucie News

8-25

P

22 year old Samuel LaBranche in Paterson, New Jersey (possibly by 2 cars - died 8/29) NorthJersey.com

8-25

A

Unnamed semi driver in Coweta County, Georgia * Atlanta Journal - Constitution

8-25

P

Unnamed 53-year-old man near Ridgeway, South Carolina + WLTX

8-24

A

79-year-old Marguerite Reneau (Marguerette Renneau) in Independence, Missouri F KMBC

8-24

A

63-year-old Shirley Middleton in Fort Payne, Georgia F * WDEF

8-24

B

47-year-old Delmoris Boyd in Chicago, Illinois (300 block of W. 111th St) * NBC5

8-24

P

50-year-old Virginia Rutland near Cape Canaveral, Florida F * WKMG

8-23

P

36 year old Tammy Lynn Mapes in Stayton, Oregon (subject did return to scene with assistant and discovered body in brush and reported to police) F * Statesman Journal

8-23

P

Unnamed man in Houston, Texas (outside lane along the 610 North Loop service road) Houston Chronicle

8-23

B

29-year-old Marine Captain Patrick Michael Klokow in San Diego, California (member of the All-Marine Triathlon team, Iraqi war veteran, artillery officer with the 3rd Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment ) * ^ Union Tribune

$50,000 reward announced by ipayOne Center for information leading to arrest and conviction of 19-year-old Angelina Padilla in San Diego, California on July 23. Call San Diego County CrimeStoppers at (888) 580-TIPS.

Union Tribune

8-22

P

12 year old Sondro Walmer in Orlando, Florida * WESH (1/21)

8-22

V

78 year old Jeannie Taylor Brimhall near Roseburg, California (died 12/1) F The News - Review (12/7)

8-22

B

49 year old Robert Teel, Jr. in Lafayette, Louisiana * ^ KLFY

8-22

A

22 year old Nakea Black, and her 7 month old unborn fetus in West Palm Beach, Florida  (3 juveniles in stolen vehicle) F * Palm Beach Post

8-21

V

41 year old Richard Hayden in Oakland, California * Post - Gazette

8-21

P

25-year-old Latricia Smith in Oak Park, Michigan F WDIV

8-21

P

25 year old Jose Lopez Martinez in Fontana, California  Daily Bulletin

8-21

P

19 year old Joshua Roberts near Sedro-Woolley, Washington The Oregonian

8-21

B

40 year old Jung-Chuan Tai near Saybrook, Ohio * Star Beacon Daily News

8-21

V

36-year-old Kelly Cragg in Louisville, Kentucky F + WAVE

8-21

B

15 year old William Spink Jr in San Jose, California KTVU

8-21

D

51 year old Kenneth Dale Hildebrand near Valdese, North Carolina (Interstate 40 - after single vehicle accident subject was walking when struck by hit and run driver) WCNC

8-21

A

36 year old Kelly Cragg in Lousiville, Kentucky F Courier Journal

8-21

V, V, V

55 year old Manuel Silva, Ana Barbosa, 39, and Miriam DeLira Bezerra, 45, in Newark, New Jersey (3 passengers thrown from car when struck by hit and run driver going wrong way on one way street) F
F
* NY Times

8-20

A

20 year old Tranquanillo Lopez in San Jose, California (typically this site does not list hit and run's involving cars drag racing - there are numerous. But in this case one of the drivers was ejected from his crashed vehicle and struck by a vehicle not involved in the race. That car then fled. Be advised - if you are in an illegal street race and the other car crashes, and you flee, you are guilty of leaving the scee of an accident, whether you were directly involved or not) * San Francisco Chronicle

8-20

A

76 year old Mary Webler near Central Point, Oregon F Mail

8-20

P

28 year old Shaquana Watts Green in Talladega, Alabama F * Daily Home

Tribune

8-20

A

49 year old Joseph Melchionne in Farmington, New York * WROC

8-20

P

40-year-old Kenneth Golden in Collins, New York WBEN

8-20

P, P

40 year old Jan Bailey and 30 year old Torre Bailey in Indianapolis, Indiana (women were on pavement fighting and a security guard that was trying to seperate them was also injured - another guard fired at the driver who fled - later turned himself in - now one of the victims turns out to have been shot also by security guard - will be hard for prosecutor to convict driver thanks to trigger happy guard) F
F
* Indianapolis Star

Sign up to help build Annie's playground in Baltimore, Maryland. Dedicated to hit and run victim 6-year-old Annie Cumpston, who was killed on March 22, 2003, the  60,000 square foot playground has been fully funded with donations and only labor is needed. Read more here

Baltimore Sun

8-19

P

42-year-old Mark Servati in Los Angeles, California (died 8/29) LAPD Press Release

8-19

P

52 year old Annie Fahie in Jacksonville, Florida F WJXT

8-19

P

16 year old Bonjo Joseph Rodin in Whittier, California Whittier Daily News

8-19

P

54 year old Husain Caddi  "Tony" in Fort Payne, Alabama (this will be a charge of homicide as hit and run driver was driving off without paying for gas at Mr Caddi's station) * WHNT

8-19

V, V

21 year old David Michael Poulin and 21 year old George Aramburo in San Diego, California * ^ Union - Tribune

8-19

P

31-year-old Mark Walker in Corpus Christi, Texas Corpus Christi Caller Times

Friends of this web site have been following the case of 15 year old Kayla Peter very closely. Kayla was killed by a hit and run driver the night of June 19, 2005. After friends and family held a nightly vigil outside the suspected hit and run drivers home, there are rumors today, that a warrant may have been issued for arrest. For updates see her website here. Subject surrendered to police 8/22 New site - Hardball for Vehicular Crimes

14 year old Joe Green opened his eyes today after being in a coma the last 26 days in Seattle, Washington. On July 20th, Joe was struck by a hit and run driver, who has since been arrested. This week also saw 17 year old Jake Gray released from the hospital after being critically injured by a since arrested hit and run driver in Chetco River, Oregon on July  17th. In Miami, Florida, doctors have told the mother of 14 year old Gina Vavilus that if she comes out of her coma, she will be brain damaged and never speak again. Gina was struck by a hit and run driver on August 13th and the driver remains at large. 


14 year old
Joseph Green
The Seattle Times
14 year old
Gina Vavilus
WSVN

8-18

V

8 day old Julian Flores near Oroville, Washington F * The Star - Online

8-18

P

27-year-old David Cardwell in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania (first car stopped, second did not) WBRE

8-18

A, V

42 year old Mark Anthony Peyrefitte Jr and his 17-year-old son, Mark Anthony Peyrefitte III near Forest Falls, California San Bernardino County Sun

8-18

D

62 year-old Clarence Jones in Memphis, Tennessee (walking to get gas after his car ran out  - 3 cars struck him, only the second stopped) WREG

8-18

P

3 year old Paloma Contreras in Las Vegas, Nevada F * Las Vegas Sun

8-17

P

62 year old Phuong To in San Francisco, California F * ^ San Francisco Chronicle

8-17

P

16 year old Damon Seeber in Rochester, New York * WHAM

8-17

P

48-year-old Calvin Moye in Lansing, Michigan WLNS

8-17

P

Unnamed 38 year old man in Wichita, Kansas The Wichita Eagle

This site rarely mention's hit and run deaths of dogs out of respect to the gravity of human loss, but there has been a rash of them lately that have caught media attention. A Chicago animal shelter is offering a $2500 reward for information leading to the arrest of the hit and run driver that struck one of its volunteers, injuring her and killing Brick, a blind rottweiler, she was walking. The hit and run incident was caught on camera. On Saturday, K-9 officer, Caesar, was killed when the car he was riding in was forced off the road by a hit and run driver, which also cost the life of a New Smyrna Beach, Florida police officer.  In Medford, Oregon, a boy walking his 6-month-old Labrador and German shepherd mix in the bicycle lane was forced to sell his 4 wheeler to pay the veterinary bills when a pickup swerved on an empty street and severely injured the pup. The pup was a  comfort gift given to 15-year-old Tyler after his older brother died last winter. 

Numerous / Medford Mail Tribune

8-16

M

18 year old Vinh Tran in Pleasanton, California + Tri Valley Herald

8-16

P

20 year old David Eugene Dunnaway near Brookhaven, Mississippi WLBT

8-16

P

54 year old Daniel McCarthy near Dunn, North Carolina The Daily Record

Governor of Connecticut approves offering of $50,000 reward in hit and run death of Robert Mosher, Jr on June 7, 2003 in Putnam.

16 year old female driver fleeing from minor hit and run accident in Cape Coral, Florida, later bails on foot as officer attempts to pull over, and jumps into canal. Rescuers were unable to save her. In the car they found a 23 year old male with a gunshot wound to his leg, which he claimed was accidentally self inflicted. As the girl was a high school honor student, there is probably much more to this story.

WTNH


NBC2

8-15

V

58 year old Abdul Ansari near Brule, Nebraska (wife and 10 year daughter seriously injured) Nebraska State Patrol

8-15

M

Unnamed man in Detroit, Michigan (Freeland and Puritan) WDIV

8-14

P

32-year-old Valerie Watrous in Henderson, Tennessee (walking home from church with husband) F Kentucky Lake Times

8-14

V

17-year-old Fausto Andres in Bridgeton, New Jersey + The Press of Atlantic City

8-14

P

37 year old David Schaltenbrand in Shaler, Pennsylvania Times - Leader

8-14

P

44-year-old Joyce Webb in Shreveport, Louisiana F KSLA

8-14

V

37 year old Elsie Rojas in Sante Fe, New Mexico (mother of 2) F KOAT

8-13

P

21 year old Neil Ashok Patel in Davis, California The Davis Enterprise obit

8-13

V

24 year old Josue Culijay in Manorville, New York * ^ Newsday

8-13

A

36 year old New Smyrna Beach, Florida police officer Roy Nelson and his K-9 partner, Caesar, in New Smyrna Beach, Florida  WESH

8-13

V

24 year old Garryson Rogers near Bella Vista, California Contra Costa Times

8-13

A

Unnamed man in Long Beach, California (Pacific Coast Highway & Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue) + Press - Telegram

8-13

P

62 year old Evelyn Geng in Minneapolis, Minnesota (woman chasing man who robbed her of $50 is killed when he strikes her with car - probably murder, not hit and run) F * Star Tribune

8-12

P

18 year old Brad Denard Steele in Winston-Salem,North Carolina  (passed away 8-19) * Winston Salem Journal

8-12

P

16 year old Bonjo Joseph Rodin in Whittier, California Whittier Daily News

8-12

P

51 year old Davidson Ambrister, in Miami Gardens, Florida + NBC6

8-12 22-year-old motorcycle passenger Nicola Denise Richardson dies when struck by vehicle fleeing police in Charlotte, North Carolina - motorcycle driver critical and pursued driver flees on foot and escapes

8-12 Michael Joseph Brosnahan, 51, killed by hit and run boat driver on West Lake Okoboji in Dickinson County, Iowa
- arrest made and charged with operating a boat while intoxicated resulting in the death of another person

News 14

WCF Courier

8-11

V

6 month old Briana Braxton near Salisbury, Maryland F * WBAL

8-11

M

44 year old Robert Rotan, in Florence, South Carolina * ^ WBTW

8-11

D

21-year-old Jared Thomas Hayes near Algona, Washington * ^ King County Journal

8-10

M

37 year old Troy Stewart in Des Moines, Iowa (passed away 8-18) KCCI

8-10

B

8 year old Carmelo Ramirez-Soto in Moreno Valley, California * KESQ

8-10

P

24-year-old Sonyka Gilbert in Chicago, Illinois (killed on her birthday ) F * Chicago Tribune

Wilmington, Delaware police make arrest in 2003 hit and run death of 40-year-old Zenda Hall 

Former Pennsylvania State Senator Edwin G. Holl succumbed to a stroke Tuesday. The 88 year old Republican wrote a measure, that later became law, making leaving the scene of a fatal accident a 3rd-degree felony


Jamaica Gleaner reports that on Jamaican Independence Day a housewife who had walked by the accident scene in which a passenger in a motorcycle pillion was killed by a hit and run driver. Minutes later, Maizie Powell was herself struck and killed by a hit and run driver.

The 28 year old accused driver in the death of 68 year old Abdullah Buang in Singapore last week, was a survivor of the Singapore Airlines (SIA) crash in Taiwan five years ago when he struggled to help passengers escape.

The News Journal


The Morning Call


Jamaica Gleaner


Borneo Bulletin

8-9

B

28 year old Alejandro Campos Gonzales in San Bernardino, California  (nurse at Community Hospital of San Bernardino - training for triathlon - arrested driver in Salvation Army truck) * San Bernardino County Sun

8-9

?

44 year old John Raper near Red Bay, Alabama Times Daily

8-8

P

44 year old George Aymond in Lafayette, Louisiana Lafayette Daily Advertiser

8-7

P

42 year old Shannon Kelly Donnelley near Washington, North Carolina F Washington Daily News

8-7

M

24 year old Jody McDonnell, in Downingtown, Pennsylvania CBS3

8-7

P

67 year old Dixie Lott Hinton in Petal, Mississippi F * Hattiesburg American

8-6

V

Unnamed male in Atlanta, Georgia (driving fleeing minor hit and run, smashes into apartment killing his passenger and seriously injuring a man in the apartment) * ^ Appen Newspapers

8-6

P

23 year old Demez Dorvil in Boynton Beach, Florida * ^ Sun Sentinel

8-6

P

52 year old Randall Lee Beougher, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina Winston - Salem Journal

8-6

P

81 year old Valerio Capilitan, in Panorama City, California LA Daily News

8-6

B

27 year old Jason Pratt in Little Rock, Arkansas KLRT

8-6

P

29-year-old Fermin Jiminez in Brooklyn, Maryland (northbound Interstate 895 near the entrance ramp from Potee Street) + WJZ 13

Unnamed woman killed when the car she is driving is struck by a car being pursued by police in Harris County, Texas. Driver flees on foot but is captured.

TXCN

8-5

P

50 year old Michael Steven Blue in Bakersfield, California Bakersfield One (9/26)

8-5

P

43-year-old Larry Pryor in Columbia, South Carolina (passed away 8-16) + The State

8-5

P

21-year-old Rachel Ann Phillips in community of Gore, Harrison County, West Virginia F * West Virginia Media

8-5

P

Arthur Maurer in Pinellas Park, Florida (first car that hit him stopped, second didn't) WTSP

8-5

A

51-year-old Gaston Fordham III near Kinston, North Carolina WITN

33 year old Darcie Scott is killed when her vehicle is struck by her boyfriend and crashes in Des Moines, Iowa. Driver fled the scene and was later captured.

Des Moines Register

8-4

P

22 year old Dale Tim Sing in Hilo, Hawaii (arrested driver is a Hawaii County firefighter) * ^ KPUA

South Carolina Highway Patrol make arrest in 1987 fatal hit and run death of 17 year old Jimmy Harold Garner Jr.

WYFF

8-3

P

17 year old Samuel Swift, near Scio, New York   * The Evening Tribune

15 year old Kayla Peter was hit and killed by a hit and run driver in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on June 19th. 3 days later, the car was found, but the owner of that vehicle has refused to speak to law enforcement. For the last 4 weeks, friends and family of Kayla have been picketing outside the car owner's home. Now the case has been handed to a grand jury.

Numerous

8-2

M

62 year old Tom McDonald near Sedro-Woolley, Washington (16 days later, driver stunned court by pleding guilty  at arraignment - a normal year long process will come to an end next month with sentencing) * ^ KOMO

8-2

B

49 year old Doug DuPree in Detroit, Michigan (police say run over by numerous vehicles) WXYZ

8-1

P

18 year old Sabrina Ordaz, in Modesto, California F Modesto Bee

8-1

B

47 year old Laura Varela, in Tucson, Arizona F * ^ Tucson Citizen

8-1

B

44-year-old Frank Theran Vanerstrom in Portland, Oregon * KPTV


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