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September 2005

Date

Name/Location

Source


For 65 year old Vera (Elvira Smith), who fell to a hit and run driver in the panic to escape flooding New Orleans


Picture shown in media of nearly every country of the world
Photo by Associated Press

Road Sharks newsletter #1 (pdf)



Hurting Kids
(9-16) 14 year old Tony Cantu was walking with a friend in Thornton, California, Friday evening when they were both struck by a hit and run driver at 9:45 pm. Tony's friend regained consciousness and stumbled home, where he was taken to the hospital, injured, in shock, with no idea what had happened to him. Suffering memory loss he forgot about Tony, who was planning on spending the night, and the critically injured boy spent the entire night laying in a ditch, where he was discovered the next morning at 10:34 am. Tony is in very critical condition at the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, California, and could use your prayers. (update 9/28 Tony's aunt advises this site Tony is doing better)
Also, in Cape Coral, Florida, 14 year-old Casey Minervini is in critical condition after being hit by a hit and run driver (update - awakened from coma 9/25 and upgraded to serious condition).

14-year-old Joshua Sherwood is in critical condition in Kanawha County, West Virginia after being hit by a hit and run driver on 9/24.

Lodi News-Sentinel / WINK

China - Supreme People's Court Daily said a hit-and-run driver named Zhu Lin was executed recently in Anhui province for premeditated murder when he refused to take the victim to hospital. The victim later died.

The Australian
The News - Press 10/9/05 - Five Lee County (Florida) pedestrians were killed in hit-and-runs in September, and a sixth recently emerged from a coma.

9-30

A, V

31 year old Monzell Debrow and 24 year old Clifton Davis in Shreveport, Louisiana + SPD Press Release

9-30

P

36 year old Terrell Joyner in Mount Vernon, New York + The Journal News

9-30

P

8-year-old Martella McCarthur in Chicago, Illinois

F

WBBM

9-30

P

2 year old Taylor Basso near Corning, California * ^ Record Searchlight

9-30

P

35 year old Jesper Hansen in Lyons Falls, New York * TWEAN

9-29

P

52 year old David Ronald Fields in Fayetteville, North Carolina NEWS 14

9-29

P

30 year old Cory Sheffield in North Fort Myers, Florida The News - Press

9-28

54 year old Michel Luckner in Miramar, Florida (died 10-1) Sun Sentinel

9-28

B

Unnamed man in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (city's Olde Kensington section - Mascher and Oxford Street) KYW 1060

9-28

M

31 year old Adrian Cruz in Vallejo, California * Marin Independent Journal

9-28

D

24-year-old Adam Sparks in Kalamazoo County, Michigan (after surviving a single vehicle accident, Adam was struck after he got out of his car) WOOD

9-27

P

53 year old Gerry Bakus in Hawthorne, NewJersey * North Jersey.com

9-27

P

47-year-old David Bullard in Robeson County, North Carolina WECT

9-26

P

54 year old Louella Jane Garrett (Louella Garrett) in Newport News, Virginia F Daily Press

9-26

A, V

42 year old Sondi Showers and 59 year old Lee Brown (LaVanner Brown) near Independence, Louisiana (Mrs Brown a wife of pastor, college teacher and former Hammond city council woman) F DPS Press Release

9-26

P

71 year old Crecencio Avellaneda in Fort Pierce, Florida The Tribune

Alledged hit and run driver speeding away from non injury crash, strikes concrete pillar and dies in Chicago, Illinois

ABC7

9-25

M, V

45 year old Carol Fiorina-Long  and 59 year old Claus Peter Rogasch in Oxnard, California F * Ventura County Star (12/16)

9-25

M

47 year old Keith Edward Deal in Salisbury, North Carolina * Salisbury Post

9-25

A

46 year old Alan Lee Soderholm near Lake Crystal, Minnesota (charged driver is a county commissioner) * ^ Mankato Free Press

9-25

M

42 year old Kimberly Jo Dahmer near Lantana, Florida (car stopped in front of 2 motorcycles, Kimberly was passenger on one) F * Sun Sentinel

9-25

P

Unnamed 16 year old female in Tuscaloosa, Alabama F WIAT

9-25

M

50 year old Ralph Stussy in Johnson County, Missouri (after being knowcked off his bike by a deer, was struck by car that fled scene) The Kansas City Star

9-25

P

41 year old Eduardo Velez in Staten Island, New York (pedestrian sister killed 9 years earlier in NC) + WNBC

9-25

P

19 year old Michael Timothy Douglas Jr in Athens-Clarke, Georgia (on a skate board) * Athens Banner-Herald

9-25

D

Unnamed man in Carroll County, Virginia  (Interstate 77 on Fancy Gap Mountain - hit and run fatality, followed by 50 car pile-up in 15-20 chain reaction crashes in heavy fog) WSLS

9-25

A

43 year old Jimmy Walters near Fairbanks, Alaska  Daily News - Miner

9-25

P

29 year old Juanita Delores Smith in Mobile County, Alabama F * Mobile Register

9-25

B

31-year-old Angel Fernandez near Franklin, Tennessee (friend in critical condition) WKYT

9-25

P

49 year old Dino Derose in South Austin, Texas (body discovered on 9/29 - lighting director for rock group Widespread Panic - in town for Austin City Limits Music Festival - worked with Kiss, Eric Clapton, Megadeath and Earth, Wind & Fire. KVUE / TWEAN

9-24

P

51 year old Chester Anderson in Fort Myers, Florida + The News - Press

9-24

P

24 year old Ronald Reich (Ronald Kristofer Reich) in Bradenton, Florida Bradenton Herald

9-24

V

21 year old Jacob Nazarethian near Woodand, New Jersey (passenger on an ATV) * Burlington Times

9-24

P

48 year old Sharon Witherspoon in Jackson, Mississippi F The Clarion Ledger

9-24

P

56 year old James Patrene in Washington County, Pennsylvania * Observer - Reporter

9-24

P

24 year old Erica Dark in Washington, DC F NBC4

9-24

M

24 year old Igor Kruk in Nassau, New York (intentional - road rage -according to New York Post, arrested driver has a record of violent road rage) * Newsday

9-24

A

Unnamed man in Phoenix, Arizona * KPHO

9-24

P

28-year-old Eugene Gallipeau in Ocala, Florida WFTV

9-23

P

29 year old Gloria Garcia in Fontana, California F Daily Bulletin

9-23

B

14-year-old Travis Meyer in Crawford County, Kentucky (on moped - found 2-1/2 miles fromcrash scene) + WDRB

9-23

P

51 year old Chery Gilliam in Portland, Maine (1st stopped, 2nd didn't) F Portland Press Today

9-23

P

52 year old Tom Goulart near Titon, California (Tulare County Fire Department volunteer firefighter) + Visalia Times Delta

9-22

P

35 year old Nick Antico on Staten Island, New York (died 9/27 - road crew worker - two others injured) * NY1

9-22

P

54 year old Janie Mae Gillis in Southern Pines, North Carolina F * The Pilot Newspaper

9-22

P

15 year old Edward Lucas (Eddie) in Chicago, Illinois (sophomore at Morgan Park High School - suspected driver a Chicago Police Officer) NBC5

9-22

P

Unnamed man in Lousiville, Kentucky (Preston Highway and Indian Trail) WHAS

9-22

D

78 year old Bessie Rushing near Walton, Kentucky (Interstate 75 - struck by tanker truck trailer) F * WLWT

9-22

D

Unnamed 65-year-old semi driver near Thorntown, Indiana (Interstate 65 - police believe multiple vehicles struck him) WLFI

9-22

P

45 year old John Gorman in Leesburg, Florida * WFTV

Australian Broadcasting Corporation - A Dubbo man whose son was killed in a hit-and-run accident has successfully campaigned for the offence to attract tougher penalties. New South Wales Attorney-General Bob Debus has introduced legislation into Parliament to increase the maximum penalty from 18 months to 10 years in jail.
Okaloosa County, Florida Sheriff's Department announces arrest of suspected hit and run driver who killed Kimberly Dawn Thomas in January of 2002.

WTVY

9-21

P

Unnamed person in Mission Bay, California (2 vehicles struck, only second stopped) KFMB

9-21

P

25 year old Tasisha Reddick in Glynn County, Georgia (New Orleans hurricane evacuee - arrested driver suspended license) F * WJXT

9-21

P

26 year old Jason Joseph Petrucci near Throop, Pennsylvania (a suspect in an earlier car theft and armed robbery) + The Times - Tribune

9-20

P

35 year old Tracy Brown-Howard woman in Smyrna, Georgia F + The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

9-19

P

43 year old Ivelisse Bernard (Ivelisse Arriaga) in Deland, Florida F * Orlando Sentinel

9-19

V

70 year old Frances Banker in Beloit, Wisconsin (died 9-25) F * ^ Beloit Daily News

9-19

A

65 year old James McDonald near Council Bluffs, Nebraska + WOWT

9-19

B

36-year old Eric Olanda Tennessee in Southampton County, Virginia WAVY

9-19

P

22-year-old Ericka Mungen in Middle Township, New Jersey F * Press of Atlantic City

9-18

B

54-year-old Gail Alef in Seattle, Washington (died 10/9/05 - a Bellevue dentist) F * KIRO

9-18

P

46 year old Carmen Ramirez in Baldwin Park, California F San Gabriel Valley Tribune (9-30)

9-18

B

56 year old Jeremiah Hemmingway near Clinton, North Carolina (dragged for 1/2 mile) * WRAL

9-18

A

37-year-old Carla Marie Petterson in Nuevo, California F * The Press-Enterprise

9-18

P, P

52 year old Miller Earl Calloway and 25 year old Sybil Bowden in Logview, Texas (struck by 2 vehicles, 2nd stopped) F Tyler  Morning Telegraph

9-18

A

56 year old Rose Manukian near Gorman, California F *   LA Daily News

9-18

P

23 year old Arnulfo Reyes in Ruskin, Florida (struck by 2 vehicles - second driver arrested) St. Petersburg Times

9-18

P

Unnamed 56-year-old man in Milwaukee, Wisconsin Journal Sentinel

9-18

P

46-year-old Janice Dukes in Athens-Clarke, Georgia F + Athens, Ga., Banner-Herald

9-17

P

46 year old Bertha Bailey in Kansas City, Kansas F + KMBC

9-17

V

Unnamed 1 year old boy in Beaumont, Texas (hit and run mother flees scene on foot with infant after striking another car. 2 hours later, woman shows up at hospital where infant dies) * KBTV

9-17

P

30 year old Yvonne Buckley in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania F Post Gazette

9-17

B

38 year old Gao Mou Wu in Winston-Salem, North Carolina * WFMY

9-17

P, P

29-year old Charles Henderson and 26-year old Kristin Leigh Highfill in Virginia Beach, Virginia (USS Vella Gulf Lt. J.G. and teacher at Hickory High School in Chesapeake) F * WAVY

9-17

P

Eloas Robcero Cifuentes in Fort Myers, Florida The News Press

9-17

P

65 year old Jen Shao in Lower Manhattan, New York City, New York F WNBC

In August 2004, 12 year old Annie Lee was paralyzed from the neck down by a hit and run driver and has been hospitalized ever since. Now follow the progress daily as the community of Howland, Ohio, pulls together to build a special needs addition on her house so she can go home. Courtesy WYTV

9-16

A

53-year-old Patti Zimmerman in Long Beach, California F * ^ Press - Telegram

9-16

P

6 year old Todd Woodson in Chicago, Illinois WLS

9-16

M

40-year-old Bien Baillargeon near Hesperia, California (known to friends as "Bad News") F San Diego Union Tribune

9-16

P

20-year-old Perla de Luna (or Perla Deluna) in San Antonio, Texas F * WOAI

9-15

P

55 year old Louis Willie Smith in Hattiesburg, Mississippi * Hattiesburg American

9-15

M

66 year old David Perkins in Knoxville, Tennessee * WATE

9-15

P

16 year old Adelaida Mendiola in Mesa, Arizona (struck by a dump truck)  F * East Valley Tribune

9-15

A

40 year old Christie Wargo in Jackson, Mississippi F * The Clarion - Ledger

9-15

A

19 year old Nickolas Anthony in Miami, Florida WPLG

9-14

P

Unnamed person in Dallas, Texas (Interstate 45 near Wintergreen) NBC 5

9-14

B

35 year old Todd DeGain in Mesa, Arizona (riding on a motorized skateboard - according to 9/24 article, struck by 2 vehicle's - both arrested) * ^ The Arizona Republic

9-13

P

29 year old Jason Von Tersch in Omaha, Nebraksa (died 10/1) WOWT

9-13

A

23 year old Daniel Jason Wilber in Livonia, Michigan * ^ WDIV

9-11

V

21 year old Harrison H. Harrison Jr. in Haverstraw, New York * The Journal News

9-11

P

Unnamed 53 year old man in Albuquerque, New Mexico (near Central and Espanola) KOAT
 

9-11

B

45 year old Donald "Brian" Shaver near Ankeny, Iowa (his crumpled bicycle found 16 miles from his body) * KCCI

9-11

P

85-year-old Martha Chapparo (or Martha Chaparro) in Coral Gables, Florida F Miami Herald

9-11

P

Unnamed 45-year-old man in Sacramento, California (Fruitridge Road, just west of Mendocino Boulevard) KCRA

9-11

P

28 year old Michael Schulz in Delavan, Wisconsin * Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

9-11

P

4-year-old Angel Terrero-Gonzalez in Denver, Colorado (parking lot of the Villages at Gateway apartment complex - neighbors knew him as Angel) Rocky Mountain News

9-11

B

Unnamed 45 year old man in San Diego, California (Mission Bay Drive near Rosewood Street) * Union Tribune

9-11

P

26-year-old Rigoberto Antonio Amaya in Patchogue, Long Island, New York (arrested driver is a teacher at William Floyd High School in Mastic Beach) * WNBC

9-11

P

51 year old Mary Foley in Jacksonville, Florida F * WTLV

26 year old Ghaleb Tayfour killed by hit and run boat while snorkeling near Hollywood, Florida

Sun Sentinel
History records that on Sept. 13, 1899, Henry H. Bliss, a 68-year-old real estate broker, was knocked down and run over in New York City, making him the first pedestrian traffic fatality in the United States. According to Aaron Naparstek in a June 1, 2005 New York Press article, he mentions a possible case of hit and run (further research needed). "A 1900 New York Tribune item tells the story of a nurse struck and killed by an automobile. According to the account, the driver didn't slow down or steer out of the way, but "considered his responsibility fully discharged by ringing the gong."

9-10

A

35 year old Payge Baker near Selah, Washington F * Yakima Herald Republic (2-18)

9-10

P

17 year old Franklin Harker-Johnson in Nelson County, Virginia WSET

9-10

P

18 year old Elvis ? in Charlotte, North Carolina Nineronline

9-10

P

79 year old Chester Stump in Lancaster, Pennsylvania (US Navy veteran known to family and friends as “Chick” or “Chet.”) * WHP

9-10

P

42 year old Maeonia James in Brevard County, Florida F * Orlando Sentinel

9-10

P

51 year old Rodney Walker in Dallas, Texas + Dallas Morning News

9-10

P

63-year-old Jean Correia in Portsmouth, Rhode Island F * ^ WLNE

9-10

V, V

13-year-old Taliu Shaw and 9-year-old Ishmeil Payne in North Little Rock, Arkansas * KTHV

9-10

V

20 year old Brandon Weise in Austin, Texas (hit and run pickup driver causes wreck involving 4 cars and a semi - Brandon was passenger in car rear-ended by pu) + KXAN

A Kansas man, convicted of leaving the scene of an accident in the 2004 death of Judy Benning, will complete his jail sentence next week. As part of his sentence, a condition of his two years on probation will require him to visit Judy's grave every other week, personally handling all the groundskeeping.

St. Joseph News-Press

9-9

P

41-year-old Vernon Thorpe in Jackonville, Florida WJXT

9-9

P

43 year old Deborah Lichtenberger (Debbie) in South Fort Myers, Florida (struck by a truck, and thrown onto hood of a Lee County Sheriff's Office vehicle) F News - Press

9-9

P

Unnamed man in Tampa, Florida (700 block of Lake Avenue) + WFLA

9-9

P

20 year old John DeLossantos in Taunton, Massachuesetts (struck by RV on Interstate 495) * Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Police are forced to shoot and kill a bleeding, naked, and combative man, who had fled from at least 3 hit andrun crashes, the last injury, in Clackamas County, Oregon

The Oregonian

9-8

P

29-year-old Earl William Stillman, Jr. in Holly Hill, Florida (laying in roadway extremely intoxicated - driver never stopped) Daytona Beach News - Journal

9-8

P

17 year old Tamika Treachel Regan in Far Rockaway, New York F New York Newsday

9-8

B

41 year old Dr. James Winshall riding a scooter in Boston, Massachuesetts (struck by semi , 2nd truck also sought - general practitioner on staff at Brigham and Women's Hospital) WCVB

9-8

V

45-year-old Elliott Gomez in Hemet, California * ^ The Press - Enterprise

9-8

M

41 year old James Cox in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma The Oklahoman

9-8

P

24 year old Sarah Thompson in San Antonio, Texas F * KSAT

9-7

D

28 year old Marine corporal David Varela in Seal Beach, California * ^ Orange County Register

9-7

M

50 year old Andrew DeWitt near Crawford, New York * Times Herald - Record

India's Bollywood actor Salman Khan's trial begins Thursday for the 2002 hit and run death of 1 and injury of 4, but on Wednesday the court gave him back his passport. Already allowed an exemption from appearing thru most of his own trial, Khan is on his way - to the United States. I'd be willing to bet we gave him a temporary drivers license too!

outlookindia.com

9-6

P

74 year old Mey Maruya in Culver City, California F The L.A. Independent

9-6

D

24 year old Macario Ramirez in Collier County, Florida + Naples Daily News

9-6

P

10 year old Tony Swain in Akron, Ohio (walking to school with sister, who was injured - Tony pushed her out of the cars path) Beacon Journal

9-6

P

38-year-old Andrew David Crocker in Rapid City, South Dakota (Middle Schol Teacher) * ^ KOTA

9-5

P

28 year old Jessica Thomas in Bradford County, Florida F * The Gainesville Sun

9-5

B

59-year-old  Gareth Allan Parker near Oregon City, Oregon * ^ KOIN

9-5

P

21 year old Lorenzo Ocampo in Chicago, Illinois WLSTV

9-4

A

44 year old Lisa Rahme in Cape Coral, Florida (her son 14 year old Dakota Rahme seriously injured) F * The NEws - Press

9-4

V

Winford Blaney near Apex, North Carolina * ^ WRAL

9-4

M

58 year old Forrest R. Edmond in Jackson, Pennsylvania (captured driver was drunk and had a suspended license from a former DUI conviction)   * ^ Pitsburg Tribune - Review

9-4

P

Unnamed man in northwest Harris County, Texas Houston Chronicle

9-4

P

46 year old Stephen Knight Stuckey in Fort Myers, Florida * The News - Press

9-4

B

15 year old Brandon Neil Dye in Greenwood, South Carolina * WYFF

9-3

B

20 year old Timothy Fuller near Shannon, Georiga * Rome News - Tribune

9-3

P
P

60 year old Christine Eckard and Leticia Renteria, 8, in Henrico County, Virginia (Grandmother and granddaughter asleep when vehicle crashes into bedroom. You are not safe from hit and run drivers in your own home!) F
F
* Richmond Times - Dispatch

9-3

P
P

16 year old Travis Lamont Swinnely and his 14 year old brother, Eric Thomas Swinnely in Greenville, North Carolina (walking in median struck by suspected drunk driver who fled on foot - driver was suspended within last month for dwi) + ^ WRAL

9-3

B

21 year old Christopher Burris in Portland, Oregon * KPTV

17 people died in Pakistan when a hit and run oil tanker hit a bus.

BBC News

9-2

P

2 year old Autumn Sky McCleary in Davenport, Iowa (killed by an unlicensed 15 year old who fled the scene - running across street to her father) F * The Dispatch

9-2

P

49 year old Samuel Pleasants in South Hackensack, New Jersey Northjersey.com

9-2

P

62 year old Harold Winter near Grand Prairie, Illinois * Rockford Register Star

9-2

P

38 year old Stephanie Rogers Jackson in Montgomery, Alabama F Montgomery Advertiser

9-1

A

36 year old Sherill Lynn Flores near Beaumont, California F * ^ The Press - Enterprise Company

9-1

P

3 year old Jace Fitzpatrick in Great Falls, Montana * ^ Billings Gazette (11-26)

9-1

P

Unnamed person in Rockville, Maryland (1700 block of Veirs Mill Road) WJLA
A troubling accusation against law enforcement in New Mexico which we hope is not true here


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