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November 2005 Hit and Run Accident Victims


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November 2005

Date

Name/Location

Source


How common are hit and run death's? Phoenix, Arizona - In September 2000, 8-year-old Isaac Hale was killed by a hit and run driver while crossing a street to get a soda. Less than a year later, his brother, Deyla Carr, 11, was killed in another hit and run crash. San Diego, California - On October 3, 2003 a female pedestrian killed by two hit and run drivers on Camino Ruiz near Capricorn Way. The night before, just blocks away at Mira Mesa Boulevard at Camino Ruiz, another female pedestrian was killed by one, possibly two hit and run drivers. In February of this year, 9 year Brittani LaFollette was killed by a hit and run driver in Florida. When her mother discovered this web site in July, she was appalled to learn that one of Brittani's best friends, from their time living in Washington state, had lost her mother, 32 year old Laura Farmer, to a hit and run driver earlier that month.

Arizona Republic /
Union - Tribune
One of the most in depth series on a hit and run case we have ever seen - Here


Three Des Moines, Iowa, police officers are hospitalized after a hit and run suspect they were chasing jumped into the frigid waters of the Des Moines River. They jumped in and rescued the subject after he began to show signs of possible drowning. The suspect is also hospitalized.

WHO TV

11-30

P

Unnamed 50-year-old man in Phoenix, Arizona * KPHO

11-30

P

31-year-old Jennifer Catalani in Danbury, Connecticut (arrested driver was city alderman due to be sworn in for his 3rd term on 11/1 - victim mother of 2) F * ^ NBC30

11-29

A

43 year old Kitty Davis in St Louis, Missouri (her daughter who was waiting at school to be picked up, witnessed the crash - she celebrated her 8th birthday 4 days later, Kitty was a school teacher) F * KSDK

11-29

M

46 year old Danney Gaunt in Greeley, Colorado (ran over by hit and run vehicle after initial crash - police car responding to emergency was also hit and disabled by hit and run driver) * Greeley Tribune

11-28

P

42 year old Timothy Muskgrove in Henryetta, Oklahoma KOTV

11-28

D

24 year old Maura Dejesus in Lemont, Illinois (Interstate-55 struck by 2 hit and run drivers - police stopped the second) F ABC7

11-28

V

Unnamed person in Highland Park, Michigan (Davison Expressway) * WDIV

11-27

P

61-year-old Willie Fedrick in Dekalb County, Georgia KOTA

11-27

B

33 year old Lisa Marie Nielsen near Heber-Overgaard, Arizona (on ATV) F White Mountain Independent

11-27

P

27-year-old Jade Silveira (Jade Montgomery Silveira) in Missoula, Montana + Missoulian

11-27

A

58-year-old Claretha Henry in Chicago, Illinois F + ABC7

11-27

P

14 year old Rasheen Newkirk in Bensalem, Pennsylvania (2 vehicles, second stopped) * KYW TV

11-26

B

78 year old Tony Borbon in Bakersfield, California KGET

11-26

M

25-year old William Myers in Springfield, Missouri KYTV

11-26

P

Unnamed man in Ontario, California (Grove Avenue and 7th Street ) Daily Bulletin

11-26

P

Unnamed person in Holiday, Florida (pick-up struck and threw into path of second vehicle - pickup fled) WFLA

11-26

P

42 year old Dale Ray Tucker in Deerfield Township, Livingston County, Michigan The Flint Journal

11-26

P

83 year old Adrian Jones near Mount Olive, North Carolina Goldsboro News - Argus

11-26

P

21 year old Gary Wayne Hibberd (Hibbard) in Henderson, North Carolina * WRAL

11-26

V

57 year old Larry Glenn Young in East Palo Alto, California (see July 23, 2006 for a second death tied to this crash) * ^ CBS5

11-25

M

38 year old Jose Elias Carrillos Cruz in Durham, North Carolina * The News & Observer

11-25

D

32-year-old Jason Knight near Franklin, Pennsylvania (In a bizarre case, troopers are reporting a male passenger from a crash last Friday apparently walked away, and was discovered Monday after being struck by a hit and run vehicle. Police believe numerous vehicles drove past the subject for 3 days as drivers thought his snow covered tan clothing made him appear as a struck deer.) * ABC27

11-25

B

45 year old Rudy Mora in Brea, California (died 11-29) * ^ Orange County Register

11-25

P

Unknown person in Roanoke County, Virginia (5400 block of Williamson Road) The Roanoke Times

11-25

B

57 year old Kenton Ballenger in Mulberry, Florida The Ledger

11-25

P, P

70-year-old Parvativen Patel and Devehandbhai Patel, 71, in Montgomery, Alabama F + WSFA

11-25

P

38 year old Edward Madsen in Franklin, Indiana (first vehicle threw into path of second - only the second stopped) Indianapolis Star

11-25

P

46-year-old Douglas Yawn in Bedford County, Virginia WSLS

Noriyuki "Pat" Morita, Hollywood actor best known for his lead role in 'The Karate Kid', died Friday. The media is reporting that Pat's father died in a hit and run accident in Sacramento, California years earlier.

11-24

B

18 year old Jorge Antonio Lopez in Fort Pierce, Florida (died 12/3) * The Student Operated Press

11-24

V

93 year old Lila Hicks in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma F * News OK

11-24

P

39-year-old Ricky Allen Reed near Conway, South Carolina The Sun News

11-24

P

44-year-old Earl Kendricks in Worcester, Massachusetts Boston Globe

11-24

A

17 year old Edward Murphy in Dearborn, Michigan + Detroit Free Press

11-24

A, V

41 year old Jose Palamino and Julio Palamino, 15, near Gorman, California * NBC 4

Media nationwide carrying the story of the hit and run driver who fled two misdemeanor crashes on foot and was captured hiding in doghouse by a Marysville, Washington police dog.

Nationwide AP Wire

11-23

P

63-year-old Farrell Lotzar in Los Angeles, California * KCAL

11-23

V

2 year old José Candelaria in Deerfield, Massachusetts * CBS4

11-23

V

62-year-old Ruth Weston in Waltham, Vermont F * ^ WSAX

11-23

P

77-year-old Arthur Barto in Roxbury, Wisconsin * WISC

11-23

P

14 year old Aaron Klothe in DeLand, Florida (on skateboard - neighbors said Aaron always got off board and stood off the road when traffic approached - this driver was alleged to be speeding) * Herald Today

11-23

D

28 year old Daniel Newman in Tulsa, Oklahoma (family of 5 broke down - walking on shoulder of highway, father was struck and killed and 2 year old daughter he was carrying, critically injured - rest of family witnessed - 2 yr old upgraded to good condition) * The Oklahoman

11-23

P

38 year old Brian Keith Winchell near Newton, Iowa (I-80 - police got calls man was trying to flag down drivers before struck by multiple vehicles) * Des Monies Register

11-22

B

51-year-old Mindy Lee Harvey in Greenville County, South Carolina (riding a moped) F WYFF

11-22

P

55-year-old William DeVerger in Phoenix, Arizona (name supplied by family member) * The Republic

11-22

V

Unnamed 18 year old man in Chicago, Illinois (1600 block of South Blue Island) Chicago Sun - Times

11-22

B

54 year old Joseph Bruce Aribas in Fremont, California CBS5

11-21

V, A

63-year-old Nancy Wilburn and 67-year-old Horace Wilburn in Bibb County, Georgia F * ^ The Telegraph

11-21

P

Unnamed man in Bronx, New York City, New York (Bronx River Parkway) WABC

11-21

V

Joseph Lyman in Racine, Wisconsin * ^ Journal Times

11-20  17 year old Thomas Hoopingarner in Cromwell, Indiana drove his vehicle into lake and drowned - his 2 passengers fled and did not report the crash.

Times - Union

11-20

P

48 year old Ronald Bert Mendez in Barstow, California Desert Dispatch

11-20

V

Unnamed woman near Bradenton, Florida (State Road 43) F Herald Tribune

11-20

V

Unnamed man near Parrish, Florida (US 301) * ^ Herald Tribune

11-20

P

20 year old Erin Keener in Fairmont, West Virginia (nursing student at WVU) F WVNS

11-20

A, V, V

48 year old Michelle Lyle, her daughter Shannon Lyle, 26, and one unnamed woman near Ceres in Merced County, California (Highway 99) F
F
F
* ^ The Modesto Bee

11-20

V, V

46 year old Brigette Monroe and Mayfield Hookumchand, 44, near Ocala, Florida (I-75 - arrested 76 year old driver later jumps off bridge in suicide attempt but is rescued by lifeguard) F
F
* ^ Ocala Star Banner

11-20

P

26 year old Gary White in Courtland, New York * ^ The Post Standard

11-20

P

21 year old Joseph Koon in Tucson, Arizona (died 11-27) Tucson Citizen

11-20

P

47 year old Eddie Terrell in Tucson, Arizona * Tucson Citizen

11-20

P

45 year old Ray Hoffstatter (or Ray Hofstatter) in Chicago, Illinois (known as “Cowboy Ray” on Erich "Mancow" Muller’s Q101 radio show - died 1/10/06) CBS2

11-20

A

25 year old Laquinta Brunson "T.T." woman in Miami, Florida (hit and run driver causes crash that kills 1 and 5 more crashes that involve 11 vehicles - I-95) F * ^ Sun Sentinel

11-20

P, P

42 year old Paul Garcia and Kelly Horn, 41, in Austin, Texas F * News 8

11-20

P

76 year old Joseph Abbatacola in Bensenville, Illinois (Grand Avenue west of York Road) Chicago Tribune

11-20

P

Unnamed man in Chicago, Illinois (Archer and Lavergne) WLS TV

11-20

A

17 year old Juan Anaya-Silva in Richmond, California * CBS5

11-19

V

18-year-old Oscar Torres in Glendale, California (died 11-24) * Burbank Leader

11-19

P

34-year-old Isaias Castillo Ramos in West New York, New Jersey (Bergenline Ave at 51st St) The Jersey Journal

11-19

P

Hoon Jeong Kwan in Fort Lee, New Jersey (first driver abandoned his vehicle and was arrested. Second vehicle fled scene) * ^ The Star - Ledger

11-19

P

14 year old Devon Mooney in Indianapolis, Indiana (arrested driver has had 24 traffic citations since 2000) * Indy Star

11-19

A

28 year old Elizabeth Escalante "Eli" in Mesa, Arizona F * ^ East Valley Tribune

11-19

P

33-year-old Creedence Antelope in Mobridge, South Dakota KSFY

11-19

P

44-year-old Merrill Brookens in Christiana, Delaware + WPVI

11-19

V, V, V

16 year old Danny Villareal, David Villareal, 15, and Brittney Neely, 15, in Santa Maria, California  (driver fled on foot) F * Santa Maria Times

11-19

D

19 year old Mateo Benito Molina in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (after surviving a single vehicle wreck, man was trying to get off I-95 on foot with 2 others when he was struck by a hit and run vehicle - his 2 friends abandoned him also) CBS3

11-19

P

46-year-old Ismael Parra in Houston, Texas (construction worker on I-10) KTRK

11-18

P

39-year-old Stephen Collins in Le County, Georgia * WALB

11-18

P

80 year old Josephine Drago in Wayne, New Jersey F The Herald

11-18

P

Unnamed 35-year-old man in DeKalb County, Georgia (struck by 2 vehicles, second did not stop) CBS 46

11-18

P

57-year-old Heldelita Burgonia in Union City, California F Mercury News

11-18

P

75 year old Melvin Flesher in Onondaga County, New York * ^ The Post - Standard

11-18

A

22-year-old Ronnette Walker in Tampa, Florida F ABC

11-18

P

39-year old Stephen Collins in Lee County, Georgia * WALB

11-17

P

22 year old Dion Black Bear "Izzy" near Norris, South Dakota * ^ The Rapid City Journal

11-17

B

42 year old Jack Pruette in Denton, Texas Dallas Morning News

11-17

P

81-year-old Albert Nugent in Providence, Rhode Island NBC 10

11-16

P

59-year-old Robert Munyan in New Britain, Connecticut NBC 30

11-16

P

13 year old Melissa Shoji Jaworski in Long Hill, New Jersey (reportedly a hit and run school bus) F * Daily Record

11-15 Victim of minor hit and run possibly saves driver's life. 49 year old Oliver Jones was driving on I-75 in northern Oakland County, Michigan, when he was sideswiped by a pickup truck. Calling 911, troopers soon arrived and pulled the driver of the truck over, only to discover it was being driven by a 40 year old male in serious medical distress. Rescue crews took the man to the hospital and the caller was credited for potentially saving the man, and others, from a possible serious collision.

The Flint Journal

11-15

V

19 year old Jillian Mapes in Long Island, New York (passenger on ATV, thrown off, and ATV driver fled) F * Newsday

11-15

P

60 year old Carlos Enrique Cano in Inglewood, California * Daily Breeze

11-15

M

21 year old Gregory Demarcus Lewis Jr. in Kennesaw, Georgia (struck semi that pulled in front of him and run over by two cars car - all fled) * WSB Radio

11-15

P

54 year old Afortunato Gonzalez Hernandez in Lamont, California Bakersfield Californian

11-15

V

49 year old Victoria Capacchlone-Grill in Richland Parish, Louisiana (hit and run semi) F LSP Press Release

11-15

P

31-year old Marcin Janik in Chicago, Illinois * WLS-TV

11-14

A

21 year old Tyree Sowells in Atlanta, Georgia * Dallas Morning News

11-14

A

40-year-old Alicia Johnson in Norfolk, Virginia F * WVEC

11-13 Alleged hit and run driver killed in single vehicle crash after fleeing from hitting 2 parked cars in Springfield Township, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Cincinnati Post

11-13 28-year-old motorcyclist John Adkins killed in Frederick, Maryland, when driver fleeing police strikes and kills him. Hit nd run driver continued on, eventually crashing himself.
NBC25

11-13 Alleged hit and run driver stops after hitting parked car, lets two passengers out, then flees. He later dies in a one vehicle crash in York County, Pennsylvania.

Fox 43
11-13 15 year old subject in stolen car being chased by police strikes another in intersection killing  its driver, 35 year old Jorge Nazario. Subject then fled on foot in York, Pennsylvania.
ABC27

11-13

A

24 year old Kierra Shore in Jacksonville, Florida (daughter of sheriff's deputy) F WJXT

11-13

V

38 year old Zulma Alcaraz in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania F + Standard Speaker

11-13

P

54 year old Casimiro Soto in Carrollton, Georgia * Atlanta Journal - Constitution

11-13

V

29 year old Shannon Leshon Ford near Tyler, Texas F * Tyler Morning Telegraph

11-13

P

51 year old Lucino Galindo (Lusindo Galinda) in Brooklyn, New York City, New York NY Newsday

11-12

P

75-year-old Eric Ziemer in Amarillo, Texas KAMR

11-11

P

62 year old Nadia Shaheen (Nadia Shahin) in Murray, Kentucky (arrested driver son of state representative) F * WTVF

11-11

P

80 year old Lita Miller in Bridgeton, New Jersey F * ^ Bridgeton News

11-10

P

18-year-old Sharday McCoy in Los Angeles, California F * NBC4

11-10

V

40 year old Ernest Walker in Miami, Florida (fell out of truck into traffic) Miami Herald

11-10

P

48 year old Ruth Vizcaino, 48, in Seattle, Washington F * The Seattle Times

11-10

V

22-year-old Jaime Koury in Lakewood, Washington (southbound Interstate 5 west of McChord Air Force Base - arrested driver released from prison three  days before and driving a stolen car) F * The News Tribune

11-9

P

23 year old Albert Cyr III  (Toby Cyr) in Winthrop, Arkansas (while leading his horse) KTAL

11-9

P

55-year-old Gregory Zuba in Sioux Falls, South Dakota (semi driver stopped at Pilot Travel Center) Argus Leader

11-9

A

40-year-old Tina DeMuro near Clinton, New Jersey (mother of 4 - hit and run UPS semi) F * WABC

11-6

P

23 year old Ismael Dionicio Lorenzo in Sanford, North Carolina The Sanford Herald

11-6

P

41 year old Thomas Peick in St Louis County, Missouri + KSDK

11-6

P

43 year old Rosa Mitrano in St Petersburg, Florida F * ^ Tampa Tribune

11-6

V

77 year old Mildred Thrasher in Anderson County, South Carolina F * WYFF

11-6

V

19-year old  woman <name withheld at request of family> in Jacksonville, Florida F * numerous

11-5

P

75 year old Gloria Balajadia in Los Angeles, California (died 12-18) $50,000 reward F CBS2

11-5

P

41-year-old Jeri Philyaw in Brewton, Florida (husband arrested for leaving the scene but not accused of driving the car that struck her) F ^ The BRewton Standard

11-5

P

13 year old Raven Marae Bordieri in Bryan, Texas F * The Bryan - College Station Eagle

11-5

P

60 year old Stephen Calvello in Fort Myers, Florida The News - Press

11-5

P

57 year old Jose Damin Gil in Miami, Florida (first car that struck him stopped, second did not ) The Miami Herald

11-5

V

28 year old William Meier in Manhasset, New York * WNBC

11-5

A

21 year old Jenna Clayton in Durham, North Carolina F *   WRAL

11-5

P

68 year old Bernardo Baca in Mettler, California KGET

11-4

A, V, V

45-year-old Sheila Finney, 13-year-old, Keith John Wesley Finney, and 13-year-old Roderick Keeley Buckner in Riverside California F * ^ Press - Enterprise

11-4

P

37 year old Frank Hines in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (trying to warn drivers of an earlier crash) * KDKA

11-3

V

18 year old Antonio Alford in Appleton, Wisconsin * The Post - Crescent

11-3

P

24-year-old Shelly Poor Bear near Pine Ridge, South Dakota F + The Rapid City Journal

11-3

P

84-year-old Joseph Hoffmann in Brooklyn, New York City, New York (WW II veteran) NY Daily News

11-2   16-year-old Loretta Faye Bergeron killed in Arnaudville, Louisiana by hit and run driver fleeing police

KLFY

11-2

A

45-year-old Jimmy Ray Reed in Conway, Arkansas (arrested driver a Baptist minister) * KTHV

11-2

P

23-year-old Maurilio Perfecto Gonzalez in Santa Maria, California * Santa Maria Times

11-2

P

41-year-old Willie Barfield in Glendale Heights, Illinois ($15,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the hit-and-run driver - call Crime Stoppers hot line at 800-424-9119) + NBC5

Unlicensed semi driver crashes and dies after being pursued by law enforcement from a hit and run crash in Greenville, South Carolina

AP

11-1

P

44 year old Kimberly Whitaker in Jacksonville Beach, Florida F First Coast News

11-1

P

83-year-old Ping Lowg in Hanford, California F Hanford Sentinel

11-1

P

67 year old William Baumgardt in Pompano Beach, Florida Sun Sentinel

11-1

P

15-year-old Brittany Tarantino in Astor, Florida F *    WFTV


(Australia) Police are sickened by the number of hit-and-runs in Victoria this month -- six, including three fatalities. ..."There's an absolute responsibility on people in these types of collisions and it's obviously to stop and help out wherever you can," said Sgt Steve Ashley of the major collision investigation unit. "I'm really quite ashamed that we are living in a society like that at the moment."


San Joaquin County Coroner's Office, California, needs help in identifying a hit and run victim from January 2004. Victim is described as a Latino man 20 to 25 years old. Please call the Coroner's Office at (209) 468-4300 if you recognize these tattoo's.


Melbourne Herald Sun


The Record


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