December 2004 in review
Courts call it leaving the scene, in the media it is commonly referred to as hit and run, and some states refer to it as hit-skip. The failure of motorists to stop and render aid after a collision is killing hundreds and maiming thousands each year on American roadways. Increasingly, motorists are driving away, rather than facing the inevitable contact with law enforcement officials accidents bring. Deadlyroads.com was created in June 2004 to raise public awareness to the problem of fatal hit and run drivers. This is a summary report of their listed fatalities for December 2004.
For the month, 110 names were listed as hit and run fatalities. For the following statistical review, the following hit and run incidents were not recorded. Victim of minor hit and run faces two felony charges after the reported hit and run driver he was chasing lost control and struck another car head-on, killing both drivers in Florida. The day before in Wisconsin, a driver was killed when his vehicle was struck by a suspected hit and run driver being pursued by police. The same happened in Pennsylvania two weeks prior, killing another innocent driver. Fleeing a hit and run accident proved deadly for the hit and run driver in a few occasions. Besides the one mentioned prior in Florida, other suspected hit and run drivers, or passengers in hit and run vehicles, died in North Carolina, California, and Washington.
53 (48%) of December's 110 recorded hit and run fatalities were pedestrians. This was followed by 22 passengers in an automobile (20%), 10 bicyclists (9%), 9 drivers of an automobile (8%), 8 outside a disabled or stopped vehicle (7%), 7 motorcyclists (6%), and 1 the media did not report. This report reflects noticeable percentile changes from last month, mostly likely attributed to colder weather.
10 of the 98 victims were 18 years of age or younger, and 13 were over the age of 60. 33 were female, and race or nationality is not calculated. The youngest documented fatalities on the site in December was a 2 year old passenger in Horn Lake, Mississippi and a four month fetus in Okeechobee County, Florida. The oldest, an 82 year old female pedestrian in St Louis, Missouri.
Two US soldiers were killed in a non combat related hit and run accident in Kuwait City on the 19th, while a young lady from the US landed in England to get married this month, only to learn that her fiancee, a British soldier, had been struck and killed by a hit and run driver. Multiple fatalities registered were struck by multiple vehicles, and numerous 911 calls in Arizona reporting an animal carcass being struck in the highway turned out to be a bicyclist.
2004 ended as another deadly year on American roads and streets. The final recorded fatality of the year was in Cincinnati, Ohio when 21 year old Adam Pierce, a pedestrian, was struck and killed by a hit and run driver. However, 9 year old Tekeyah Williams, who had been struck while riding her new scooter in Charlottesville, Virginia, would spend New Year's Eve night in the hospital after being struck earlier that evening. She would die on January 2nd, 2005.
The media only reported in initial or follow-up coverage, that 43 of the 110 suspect hit and run drivers had been apprehended or had warrants for their arrest issued by the end of January, although the actual number is expected to be much higher.
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