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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


What mother would have thought last Christmas that 2005 would see their child die in a car crash.
Over 42,000 people died this year because of an accident involving a vehicle, and thousands of
mothers realized this nightmare. If you thought your child could be among the 42,000
that will be killed in 2006, what would you do different today? 


December 2005

Date

Name/Location

Source


What appears to be a hit and run turns out to be tragedy in Trenton, New Jersey. Police discovered an abandoned vehicle smashed into a highway concrete barrier on 12/21. Without a driver, they worked the case as a hit and run. When parents learned 5 days later of the car crash, and having posted a missing person report the day of the crash, they visited the crash site with  relatives. After a search down an embankment, they discovered their 19 year old sons body. Reportedly, he had either been ejected from the vehicle, or fallen to his death, after the crash. It is easy to blame the police, but if people wouldn't flee crashes with such regularity, the police may not have jumped to that assumption so quickly. In a sad way, this innocent young man was a victim of the plague of hit and run accidents.

New York Newsday


12-31

P

(moments before midnight) 35-year-old Albert Berrelez in Austin, Texas KXAN

Driver of truck loaded with vegetables flees scene on foot after striking group of middle school students walking alongside a Madura, Indonesia road. 13 young people were killed and 14 more injured. The driver surrendered later.

The Jakarta Post

12-31

P

(11 pm) Unnamed 41-year-old woman near San Pablo, California (San Pablo Dam Road between Clark and Milton roads) F KTVU

12-31

P

(10:35 pm) 25 year old Antonio Guzman in Horry County, South Carolina + The Sun News

12-31

P

(8:40 pm) 22 year old Mark Fletcher in Bradenton, Florida (driver surrendered at scene 30 minutes later) St Petersburg Times

12-31

P

(7 pm) 15-year-old Ashley Mohacsi in Bordentown Township, New Jersey F WPVI

12-31

V

(6 pm) Unnamed person in  Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (1000 block of S Western Avenue) The Oklahoman

12-31

P

(8:20 am) 47 year old Edna Mae Brown in Savannah-Chatham, Georgia F Savannah Morning News

12-31

P

(1:00 am) 43 year old Clarence Hitt in Jackson, Mississippi * ^ Clarion Ledger

12-30

P

82 year old Joseph Oliverio in Cincinnati, Ohio (struck by 2 vehicles - was an Army medic who landed with Allied troops on Normandy beach June 6, 1944) The Enquirer

12-30

V

37-year-old Melissa Dale Thomas in Greenville County, South Carolina F * WYFF

12-30

P

18 year old Joshua Bennett (or Joshua Burnett) in Livingston, Texas * KTRE

12-30

B

17 year old David Robert Martin in Chesapeake, Virginia (died 1/3) * WAVY

12-30

P

74 year old Dale Reinhardt in St Paul, Minnesota St. Paul Pioneer Press

12-30

P

36 year old Mario Mendoza in Manhattan, New York City, New York * U New York Times

12-29

P

22 year old Rolando Cepero in Miami, Florida WPLG

12-29

P

14-year-old Michael Blake Hand in Pinson, Alabama * WBRC

12-29

P

36 year old Bobbie Ann Harris in Stockton, California F The Record

12-28

P

13 year old David Nesbitt in Altamonte Springs, Florida *

U

WESH

12-28

A, V

39 year old Al-Shanshad Subrani Subrani and 13 year old Tooba Subrani near Myrtle Springs, Texas (road rage - another 17 year old son hospitalized) F
F
* Dallas Morning News

12-28

V

Unnamed 17-year-old woman in Stockton, California (Passenger in car forced into canal, while others who escaped pleaded for help, hit and run vehicle left)   F * The Record

12-28

P

67 year old Marie Angelini in San Francisco, California F *

U

The Examiner

12-28

V

17 year old Lacey Chantell Zink-Castro near Red Bluff, California (I-5 north of Red Bank Creek - after surviving a crash, car was struck by semi - from Bellfair, WA? - driver of vehicle that started chain reaction fled on foot) F + Red Bluff Daily News

12-27

A,V

23 year old Elizabeth Nichols and Margret Powell, 50, near Leesville, Lousiana (non contact wrong way hit and run driver causes 4 vehicle chain reaction crash) F
F
The Town Talk

12-27

P

31 year old Ajay Bhatt in Fair Lawn, New Jersey (struck by 3 cars - 2 stopped) * Herald News

12-27

A

62 year old Ida Walston Owens near Bailey, North Carolina F * ^ Rocky Mount Telegram

12-27

P

46-year-old Annamarie Rittman in Altoona, Iowa (Lowe's parking lot - mother of 3) F * Des Moines Register

12-26

A

25 year old Christy Zamora in Los Angeles, California F KCAL

12-26

B

44 year old Seabron Lawrence Blackwell Jr. (or Seaborn) in Charlote, North Carolina * ^ WSOC

12-26

A

40-year-old Gurbaj Singh (cab driver) in Queens, New York City, New York  * ^ ABC7

12-25

P

29 year old Melissa Chavez in Chicago, Illinois (injured in hit and run crash on July 28) * Chicago Tribune

12-25

P

52-year-old Anna Almond in Camden, New Jersey (died 12/31) WPVI

12-25

?

68 year old Jimmy Homer in Pontiac, Michigan (died 1/13) + WDIV

12-25

P

29-year-old Pedro Machita Rivera in Miami, Florida Miami Herald

12-25

P

46-year-old David Fasenmyer (David Turpin Fasenmyer) in Grandview, Missouri KMBC

12-25

V, V

21 year old Martha Enriquez-Vivar and unborn male child in Minneapolis, Minnesota (driver in single vehicle crash left his pregnant passenger to die) F + WCCO

12-25

P

12-year-old Gerald Reed in Tacoma, Washington * ^ KOMO

12-25

P

82-year-old Asuncion Somera in Union City, California * ^ CBS5

12-25

P

Unnamed man in Bronx, New York City, New York (Major Deegan Expressway - 20 minutes after prior) Newsday

12-25

P

70 year old Nevilly Mills in Brooklyn, New York City, New York NY1

Latywanta Mundle, 24, killed in Hartford, Connecticut, when 3 gunmen fleeing a shooting, broadsides her car. Driver and shooter arrested, while 3rd suspect fled on foot.

Hartford Courant

12-24

V

25 year old Curtis Bigham III in Detroit, Michigan * ^ Detroit Free Press (1/27)

12-24

P

Antonio Lopez Guzman in South Carolina (S.C. 707) The Sun News

12-24

D

71 year old Angus Howard in Bibb County, Georgia WMAZ

 12-24

P

Unnamed 75 year old woman in Los Angeles, California (1200 block of Brockton Avenue near Wilshire Boulevard) F KCAL

12-24  24-year-old John Nash, Jr killed when driver being chased by Deer Park police rear ends his vehicle in Pleasant Ridge, Ohio. Suspect fled on foot.

WCPO

12-23

P

26 year old Malik Abdullah in Chicago, Illinois WLSTV

12-23

P

75-year-old Cephas Johnson Sr. in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania * ^ 6ABC

12-22

A

33-year-old Shawn Rene Scott near Tatum, Texas (driver that fled was not at fault) + Tyler Morning Telegraph

12-22

P

Unnamed man in Nashville, Tennessee (Dickerson Pike and Trinity Lane) WKRN

12-21

P

83-year-old Hyun-Jong Jung in Los Angeles, California LAPD

12-21

P

55-year-old Sharon McNair in Las Cruces, New Mexico (after striking one lady who was walking her dog, subject continued on when he struck Sharon, and drove off again) F * KVIA
12-21

P

28 year old Paul Diel in Kansas City, Kansas Kansas City Star

12-21

A

25- year-old Brian Mydelski near Brandon, Florida * The Tampa Tribune

Sleeping couple escapes serious injury when stolen car crashes thru wall  of their apartment and lands on top of the bed, pinning one of them, in Altamonte Springs, Florida. Three subjects fled on foot, with one apologizing as he ran out.

WFTV

12-20

A

85 year old Ann Muhvich in Macomb, Georgia (died 12/28) F * ! The Macomb Daily

12-20

P

31-year-old Tony Clah in Flagstaff, Arizona (in an unusual move, police set up a roadblock the next morning to question commuters in area - it paid off. They received a tip that lead to the arrest of a school teacher) * ^ Daily Sun

12-20

V

40-year -old Thomas Morris Smith in Colorado Springs, Colorado * ^ KRDO

12-20

P

16 year old Joe Anthony Torres in San Antonio, Texas * WOAI

Subject fleeing on foot from weather related crash dies when he jumps over bridge and falls 82 feet in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Vehicle he was driving had been reported stolen.

The Oklahoman

12-19

V, V

16-year-old Gonzalo Ramírez Pérez and 23-year-old Antonio Ramírez Pablo near Randle, Washington (migrant workers in van that over-turned-driver fled on foot) *

A

Sacramento Bee

12-19

B

63 year old Jose Romero Calderon in Fontana, California Daily Bulletin

12-18

P

47 year old Brenda Ford in McAlmont, Arkansas F KATV

12-18

A

50 year old Satnam Sandhu in St Matthews, Kentucky F * ^I WHAS11

12-18

D

26-year-old Isaac Nunez in Ventura, California * Ventura County Star

12-18

V

38 year old Semone Byers in Squirrel Hill, Pennsylvania F * ^ Pittsburg Tribune - Review

12-18

D

34-year-old Gildardo Gudino Jr. in Long Beach, California (fell out of bus limousine with 1 other when door suddenly opened while on freeway, other crawled to safety, celebrating his birthday)  * ^ KNBC

12-18

B

28 year old Jerry Brown II in Boca Raton, Florida * ^S Palm Beach Post

Angelica Contreras, 30, and her 7-month-old son, Joe, from Staten Island, New York, killed by hit and run transit bus driver in Pueblo, Mexico. Also killed was her niece, and Mexican resident, 9-year-old Jazmin Gutierrez Trejo, with seven others injured. Driver arrested and charged with manslaughter.

Staten Island Advance

12-17

P

Unnamed 34-year-old woman in Garden City, Michigan (Merriman Road near Balmoral Street) F Detroit Free Press

12-17

P

27 year old Carlos Lopez-Simanga in Oceanside, California 10News

12-17

A

22 year old Jesse Harden in Springfield, Missouri (US Marine who had served in Iraq) * ^ KY3

12-17

P

34-year-old Byron Amilcar DeLeon in San Rafael, California (woman serious - 100 block of Canal Street) CBS5

12-17

P

27-year-old Steven Ksyniak in Toms River, New Jersey (2 men that beat the man and left him unconscious in the street charged, but hit and run driver unknown) * ! Asbury Park Press

12-16

P

81-year-old Josephine Mierun in Mount Oliver, Pennsylvania F * WTAE

12-16

D

64-year-old Donald Mavar in Cleveland, Ohio (possible victim - police received reports of man pushing disable vehicle- when they arrived they found him crawling on ground and passed away before ambulance arrived) The Plain Dealer

12-16

P

79 year old Shirley Edward Hinkle "Eddie" in Louisville, Kentucky * ^ The Courier - Journal

12-16

P

57 year old Melody Fowler in Dayton, Ohio (hit by hit and run driver, then several others who stopped) F WDTN

12-16

V

16 year old George Large III in Independence, Missouri * R KMBC

12-16

A

83 year old Betty Weaver in Conewago Township, Pennsylvania (ran into back of large truck which left scene -no further) F The Evening Sun

12-16

P

39 year old George Luis Mendoza in San Patricio County, California + Caller - Times

12-16

A

31 year old Jaime Ortiz in Manassas Park, Virginia (47-year-old passenger with life-threatening injuries) * The Washington Times

12-15

P

9 year old Demariya Grant in Los Angeles, California ! ABC7

12-14

P

39 year old William Sams in King, North Carolina * ! WXII

12-14

P

62-year-old Alvin Hutchins in Marydel, Maryland WBOC

12-14

P

21-year-old Zachary Click in Rome, New York * U Utica Observer - Dispatch

12-13

P

83 year old Im Soon Kim in Los Angeles, California LAPD Press Release

12-13

M

57 year old Frank Russell Pretty near Oxnard, California Ventura County Star

12-13

A

47-year-old David Charles Weiss in Sioux Falls, South Dakota * UI KELO

12-12

P

15 year old King Pope in Pomona, California NBC4

12-12

A

40 year old Randy Garcia in Santa Clara, California * ^U CBS5

12-12

V

39 year old Tien Huynhe in Garland, Texas * ! Dallas Morning News

12-11

P

29 year old Sulma Orellana in Los Angeles, California F LAPD

12-11

B

51 year old Michael Willoughby in Indianapolis, Indiana + WRTV

12-11

P

33 year old Sheppard Johnson in El Dorado, Arkansas * KTVE

12-11

P

10 year old Shawna Linsenbigler in Pittsburgh, Pennylvania (while sledding - passed away 12/26) F * ^ WTAE

12-11

P

34-year-old Roberto Rodriquez Perez in Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina * News14

12-10

D

20-year-old Donald Bell  "Joey" in Burleson, Texas (after stopping to offer aid for another crash - single vehicle overturned - in which both occupants also fled - Donald was struck and killed by a hit and run driver) * WFAA

12-9 Clark County (Kentucky) sheriff's deputies were stunned when they pulled over a van which had just committed a hit and run accident, to find a 39 year old drunk and semi conscious in the drivers seat, while a 7 year old boy , sitting on his lap, steered the vehicle. While the child was driving at the time of the crash, the adult was arrested and charged with leaving the scene, among other offenses.  The 7 year old and 3 year old in the van are in protective custody. The 'family' was living in the van and enroute to Florida, according to CNN.  
WTVQ

34 year old Lul Abdulkadir Ibrahim dies 12/12 after being struck by a hit and run car thief in Minneapolis, Minnesota on 12/9. This will be listed as murder.

Star Tribune

12-9

P

51-year-old Debra Ann Jones near Arab, Alabama F + WAFF

12-9

P

49 year old Isidoro Rivas-Funes in Fairfax, Virginia (6100 block of Arlington Boulevard) * NBC4

12-9

P, P

40 year old Jose Varela and 32 year old Blanca Santiago near Atlantic City, New Jersey (killed while sleeping in their bed - driver tried to flee but held by neighbors - their 3 boys escaped unharmed ) F * ^U Newsday

12-9

P

74-year-old Park Shum Chan in Bensonhurst, New York WCBS

12-8  33 year old motorcyclist Kevin Edwards veered off a Coral Springs, Florida road and struck 66 year old C. William Smith, who was working on the shoulder on his disabled truck. Witness' advise police a speeding vehicle, that did not stop, may have forced Kevin off the road. Possible victims of a non contact hit and run driver.

Miami Herald

12-8

P

45-year-old Thomas Franklin Pridemore in Ansted, West Virginia WTRF

12-8

P

31 year old John DiPasquale in Wallingford, Connecticut WFSB

12-8

P

41 year old Tondrea London in Prince George County, Maryland F The Gazette

12-8

A, V, V

47 year old Dennis Butcher, 43 year old John Mason, and 42 year old Roger Lanier near Fort Erwin, California * Daily Press

12-8

P

Unnamed person in Las Vegas, Nevada (access road behind Harrah's Hotel and Casino) * ^ KVBC

12-8

P, P

Unnamed 51 year old man and man in his 20's in Stanton,California (eyewitness' detained after driver fled - Beach Boulevard at Chapman Avenue) * ^ NBC4

12-8

B

57-year-old Robert Rzecycki in Pompano Beach, Florida WPLG

12-7

V

50 year old Luz Marquez near Albuquerque, New Mexico F * KOBTV

12-7

P

65-year-old Min Ga-Rung in Longmont, Colorado (victim from Nepal - Colorado 119 just west of Hover Road) ABC7

12-7

P

26 year old Michael David Spann near Corvallis, Oregon * Corvallis Gazette - Times

12-5

A

58 year old America Babilonia in Palm Beach , Florida F * ^ Palm Beach Post (4-6)

12/7 - Bowling Green, Kentucky - While not a case of hit and run this was so sad I felt the readers should see it. Losing a child is any mothers nightmare, but in what can only be described as just too cruel for any mother, 23 year old Rory McDowell died today when his car slid off the road and struck a tree. Barley 20 minutes later, and 5 miles away, his brother, 21 year old Cory McDowell's car also went into a skid, crashing onto a tree, killing him. Our heartfelt sympathy to this family, both sons of a local sheriff's deputy.

WKYT

Police in Thibodaux, Louisiana are called to a field where the body of an alleged hit and run driver  from 11/19 is discovered. In that crash, a man was critically injured. The driver fled on foot, while a passenger took the wheel and drove away. 

Houma Today

15 year old Teresa Fagen killed as car fleeing police strikes her vehicle near Perry, Iowa. Pursued driver fled on foot but was apprehended a short time later.

Dallas County News

12-4

V

25-year-old Sandra Cornejo near Rockville, Maryland F ABC7

12-4

P

15 year old Maria Victoria Guillen in Bakersfield, California (20 year old driver fled but returned to scene at urging of parents) F * Bakersfield Californian

12-4

A

72 year old Dean Dobratz in  Farmington, Wisconsin * ^ Gazette Extra

12-4

V

66 year old Peggy Bugg in Groveland, Florida + WFTV

12-4

P

16 year old male Francisco Javier in Orosi, California (another suffered critical injuries) Tulare Advance - Register

12-4

P

20 year old Sergio Yanez Espinosa near Raleigh, North Carolina * ! WRAL

12/3 - Initial reports - Driver #1 runs into back of trailer being pulled by Driver #2 in Augusta, Georgia. Driver #1 then drives off with #2 following. Driver #1 stops abruptly, as does driver #2. Driver #1 then assaults Driver #2 while still in his vehicle and begins to choke him. Driver #2 shoots and kills Driver #1. Police attempting to determine whether self defense.

Augusta Chronicle

12/3 - New Jersey State Trooper Dennis McInerney of Manahawkin indicted earlier this week on charges of leaving the scene of an accident and assault by auto, according to Atlantic County Prosecutor Jeffrey S. Blitz. Two people were injured in this off duty crash.
12/5 - retired Florida Highway Patrol trooper arrested for running a vehicle off the road and fleeing the scene in Alachua County, Florida
 
(see bottom of this page)

Press of Atlantic City


WCJB

12-3

P

68 year old Elias Geha in Glendale, California Daily News

12-3

B

59 year old Charles Merchant in West Point, Mississippi * Daily Journal

12-3

P

74 year old Bernard Fondong in Los Angeles, California (died 12-5) LAPD

12-3

D

54-year-old Robert Jacks in Ouachita Parish, Louisiana * LSP News Release

12-3

P

20-year-old Kelly Jean Laughery in Ames, Iowa F * ! WOI TV

12-2

P

48 year old Elbert Brooks Jr. in Collinston, Louisiana * Bastrop Daily Enterprise

12-2

A

16-year-old Casie Hyde in Redondo Beach, California (victim of road rage) F NBC4

12-2

P

Unnamed 29 year old man in Beaumont, Texas (man was fleeing from minor accident when he was killed by another hit and run driver - US 69) The Beaumont Enterprise

12-2

P

45 year old James McKinnon in Fayetteville, North Carolina (first vehicle stopped, second didn't) WRAL

12-2

P

74-year-old Micheline Fernande Mayes in Los Angeles, California F LAPD

12-2

P

43-year-old John Henry Hansen in Mobile, Alabama Mobile Register

12-2

P

54 year old Martin Stott  "Marty" near Muir, Michigan (road construction worker - according to press, arrested driver was suspended for habitual drunk driving - after leaving the scene the driver is alleged to have left the scene and - bought more alcohol) * ^S Ionia Sentinel - Standard

12-1

P

84 year old Reba Williams in Oakland, California (died 12/6 - someone stole the woman's groceries, jewelry and cash as she lay unconscious on the pavement after being hit. - editorial  by Oakland Tribune - What happened to her is a tragic commentary on the times when respect for human life and moral obligations are considered obsolete. Accidents do happen, but anyone involved in an accident should stop and help the injured and accept responsibility for any role in it. How would that driver, and the thief who took Williams' belongings, feel if the victim lying there were one of their loved ones?) F + Alameda Times - Star

12-1

P

18-year-old Deshaun Stewart in New London, Connecticut (this is being investigated as possible homicide) * WTNH

12-1

P

44-year-old Kenneth Henderson in Buchanan County, Missouri * KMBC

12-1

P

78 year old Nirmal Singh in Las Vegas, Nevada (woman driver fleeing minor hit and run, strikes pedestrian, then continues on crashing thru fences and finally stopped by a curb where neighbors held her until police arrived) * ^! Las Vegas Review - Journal

12-1

P

48-year-old Kevin Morgan in White Plains, New York * ^! WABC

12-1

P

80-year-old Robert Elbel in Salt Lake City, Utah KSL

12-1

P

11-year-old Robert Silva "Robbie" in Blue Island, Illinois (hit while sledding - slid down hill and ended up in a street where pickup struck him and fled) WBBM

12-1

M

16-year-old Cody Wayne Brill in Harris County, Texas (enroute to Klein Oak High School - from obituary "Cody saved the life of a friend due to an ATV accident which made him decide that he wanted to join the Coast Guard and became part of the search and rescue team.") * KHOU

When an unconscious woman was brought to an Aurora, Colorado hospital on 11/30, police didn't know who she was because after being struck by a hit and run driver, someone had stolen her purse. Police are baffled why no one in the rush hour traffic stopped to help the victim as she laid motionless in the street, yet someone found time to rob the woman. As of 12/4, mother of seven, 46 year old Stephanie McSweeney, is still in a coma. Our prayers are with her and her family.
As for the driver and purse thief - further proof, that in our evolutionary process, some of those who claim to be human, haven't yet completely evolved from the animal world.  


Rocky Mountain News

Webmaster Note - a driver convicted of aggravated manslaughter, vehicular homicide and fleeing to elude an officer causing death in the October 2, 2004, death of Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Darryl Haywood, was sentenced to 30 years in prison this month. I had the good fortune of working with Trooper Haywood while serving as a dispatcher with the FHP. As in any occupation, there are those officers who bring honor to their job, and those who just do the job. Trooper Haywood brought honor to the FHP and the citizens of Florida and he will be sorely missed. Rest in peace Trooper.

   


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