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Tribe Thinks Fatal Hit-and-Run Is a Hate Crime

Says witness heard accused yell racial slurs; cops say there's no evidence

(Newser) - A 31-year-old man was charged Tuesday with second-degree homicide after he allegedly drove over two young men at a Washington campground, one of whom later died. But the Quinault Indian Nation believes he should also be charged with a hate crime. Based on a firsthand account from a "tribal... More »

MMA Fighter's Baby Dies After Being Plowed Down by SUV

72-year-old arrested on DUI, hit-and-run charges in crash that killed Marcus Kowal's toddler

(Newser) - A Saturday walk turned tragic in Hawthorne, Calif., when a 15-year-old girl and a 15-month-old boy in a stroller were plowed into by an SUV, PIX11 reports. Toddler Liam Mikael Kowal, the son of MMA fighter Marcus Kowal and his partner, Mishel Eder, died Sunday from his injuries, and a... More »

'Miracle Baby' Born After Mom Killed in Hit-and-Run

A suspect has been charged

(Newser) - A tragedy was followed quickly by a miracle on Christmas Eve when a hit-and-run driver plowed into a pregnant woman as she crossed a Chicago street. Karla Y. Leanos, 26, the mother of three and seven months pregnant, was killed in the incident, which happened just before 10pm in the... More »

Cops: 'Stoic' Vegas Driver Asked Valet to Call 911

Lakeisha Holloway, 24, identified as suspect in mass hit-and-run on Strip

(Newser) - The woman accused of intentionally steering her car into crowds on the sidewalk of Las Vegas Boulevard on Sunday has been identified as 24-year-old Lakeisha Holloway, who is believed to be from out of state and had been in Vegas for about a week, investigators say, possibly living in her... More »

Hit-and-Run Suspect Ratted Out by Her Own Ford Focus

Florida woman insisted she hadn't hit anything, but cops, 911 believed the car

(Newser) - A driver accused of hit-and-run insisted she hadn't been in an accident when confronted by both a 911 dispatcher and cops, but officials believed the testimony of a reliable witness: the woman's own car. Anna Preston was driving in Port St. Lucie, Fla., on the afternoon of Nov.... More »

SF's 'Hot Cop' Arrested in Hit-and-Run

Heavily photographed officer charged with hitting 2 men early Sunday

(Newser) - A police officer dubbed the "Hot Cop of the Castro" is in pretty deep trouble after a hit-and-run Sunday, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Christopher Kohrs, a 38-year-old who gained social media fame for his chiseled good looks, faces two felony charges stemming from an early morning accident that... More »

Dad Ordered to Leave Prison, Son May Take His Place

Juan Silva Sr. falsely confessed to a hit-and-run

(Newser) - Juan Silva Sr. was yesterday ordered to leave prison, though he's just one year into his five-year sentence for a fatal 2013 hit-and-run. His 22-year-old son, Juan Silva, is about to take his place. The reason? The 43-year-old Milwaukee man gave a false confession to protect his son, who... More »

Could Girl's Nightmares Hold Truth of Mom's Death?

Elisa's visions of a white van coincide with similar reports

(Newser) - When Natali Castellanos-Tyler died after her car slid off a road near her home in Chesterfield County, Va., in late February, investigators blamed roads wet with sleet for what they thought was a one-car accident. But the mother of three's young daughter Elisa, who was in the car and... More »

Dreyfuss' Wife Busted in Alleged DUI, Hit-and-Run

Svetlana Dreyfuss allegedly ran into fence, water line, then drove off

(Newser) - Richard Dreyfuss' wife, Svetlana, was arrested earlier this month in an alleged drunk-driving hit-and-run, law enforcement sources reveal to TMZ . On June 2, Svetlana allegedly ran into a fence, severed a high-pressure water line, and then drove off, they say. San Diego County sheriff's deputies tracked her down two... More »

'Pippi Longstocking' Busted in Triple Hit and Run

Seems Tami Erin is not having the greatest time lately

(Newser) - Things seem to have gone downhill for Tami Erin since she played Pippi Longstocking in the '80s: The actress was arrested yesterday for felony hit and run ... while allegedly driving drunk, TMZ reports. Erin is accused of hitting three cars in LA—in three separate incidents, not all at... More »

NYC Hit-Run Fugitive: I'm Really Not a Bad Guy

Source says Julio Acevedo doesn't have money for lawyer

(Newser) - Despite the fact that the man suspected of killing an expectant Brooklyn couple and their baby in a hit-and-run accident promised yesterday to turn himself in, police are still searching for Julio Acevedo. The Hasidic Jewish community victims Nachman and Raizy Glauber belonged to is offering a $15,000 reward... More »

'Miracle Baby' in NYC Hit-and-Run Dies

Son of Nachman and Raizy Glauber was just 4 pounds

(Newser) - The "miracle baby" who survived the Brooklyn hit-and-run that killed his parents yesterday has died, CBS New York reports. Nachman and Raizy Glauber were en route to the hospital around 12:30am because Raizy "was not feeling well," a cousin tells the AP . Raizy was just seven... More »

Ex-US Ambassador Busted in Hit-and-Run

Ryan Crocker pleaded not guilty, despite blood-alcohol twice legal limit

(Newser) - The former US ambassador to Afghanistan has been busted for drunken driving and hit-and-run after crashing into a semi truck, reports AP . Ryan Crocker pleaded not guilty to the charges, despite registering a blood-alcohol level at nearly twice the legal limit, said law enforcement authorities. Crocker, who was driving a... More »

Hit-And-Run Driver: I Was Afraid Ice Cream Would Melt

Flora Burkhart didn't have time to stop after rear-ending pickup

(Newser) - When cops showed up at Flora Burkhart's house asking her why she didn't stop after rear-ending a pickup truck on her way home Sunday night, she had quite an interesting excuse: "I left because I did not want my ice cream to melt." The 58-year-old Arkansas... More »

LiLo: I Didn't Hit Anyone

TMZ alleges that Lohan hit a guy, drove off

(Newser) - While attempting to leave a Hollywood club early this morning, Lindsay Lohan allegedly struck the manager of a nearby lounge with her Porsche … and then left the scene. LiLo found herself blocked into a parking lot by paparazzi and other onlookers when her car reportedly lightly tapped the Hookah... More »

Felony Charges Dropped in Hit-and-Run...

...so that a Morgan Stanley wealth manager can keep job

(Newser) - Prosecutors in Colorado want Martin Joel Erzinger to keep his job as a financial manager to the ultra-wealthy—so they dropped felony charges against him in a hit-and-run case. Erzinger, 52, will instead face two misdemeanor charges for allegedly hitting bicyclist Dr. Steven Milo on July 3 and then fleeing... More »

LiLo Hits Stroller, Drives Off

Will her troubles never cease?

(Newser) - Didn't take long for Lindsay Lohan to get into more trouble—allegedly. The just-out-of-rehab actress was spotted clipping a stroller with her Maserati and then driving off, Radar reports. Two witnesses saw the low-speed incident Wednesday evening, when LiLo turned at a red light without looking both ways or stopping... More »

Mad Men Star in Hit and Run Wreck

January Jones says she was trying to elude photographers

(Newser) - January Jones, who plays the beleaguered wife of Mad Men’s Don Draper, is accused of leaving the scene after hitting three parked cars. Jones allegedly lost control of her Range Rover last night and caused major damage, TMZ reports. She left on foot, saying, “I can’t deal... More »

LiLo Involved in LA Hit-and-Run

Lindsay Lohan's driver becomes subject of assault probe

(Newser) - A car in which Lindsay Lohan was a passenger struck and injured a paparazzo early this morning outside a Los Angeles nightclub, then quickly left the scene, police say. The BMW "sped away at a high rate of speed and hit a paparazzi photographer causing an injury to his... More »

Idol Hit-and-Run Suspect Will Fight Case

Cohen had been at a bar, could've 'walked into the vehicle': lawyer

(Newser) - The 23-year-old charged in the hit-and-run death of American Idol wannabe Alexis Cohen will plead not guilty on all counts, his lawyer tells People. Daniel Bark is mounting a tough defense case, says the lawyer. “We don't have anything in regards to the mechanics of how this young woman... More »

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