vehicular homicide

Man in Pickup Intentionally Hits and Kills Trooper

A pickup truck driver changed lanes and intentionally hit a trooper conducting a traffic stop along a highway on Thursday, killing him instantly, and was charged with murder, police said.

Almond Upton admitted to police that he deliberately swerved his pickup truck from the left passing lane to the right shoulder to hit Trooper Christopher Skinner on Interstate 81 near Binghamton around noon, police Superintendent Joseph A. D’Amico said. Upton, of Melrose, Florida, had sideswiped two other vehicles with his 2014 Toyota Tacoma, D’Amico said.

Upton was taken into custody an hour later after a police dog tracked him into nearby woods, where he was found naked. Police said he didn’t appear to be drunk or on drugs.

D’Amico said it was unclear what the motive was for striking the trooper. He said Upton, 60, told police he was driving to Connecticut to visit his mother.

Police: Motorist Intentionally Struck And Killed State Trooper. AP/HuffPo Crime, 5/30/2014.

March 9 Fatal Car Crash: Linked to Below-the-Waist Nudity, Alcohol; Husband Jailed

According to a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office arrest affidavit, [Matthew P.] Notebaert [30] was driving east on Stallion Drive at 55 mph at 12:30 a.m. The dead-end dirt road has a speed limit of 30 mph and ends at a canal. Investigators determined the car steered slightly to the right before launching over the canal, but there was no braking.

The car was airborne for 30 feet, crashing into the far bank of the canal. Neither of the Notebaerts were wearing seatbelts and both were naked from the waist down, according to the affidavit. Amanda Notebaert’s head hit the dashboard and windshield, while Matthew Notebaert’s knees were crushed by the lower part of the dashboard. She died at the scene.

An investigator at the hospital reported that Notebaert smelled strongly of alcohol and was vomiting. The investigator overheard Notebaert telling someone on a phone call that he “was not paying attention and drove down the wrong road and they wound up in a canal and killed his wife.”

A search of the crashed vehicle turned up a flask with a whisky-like liquid inside. Toxicology results showed Notebaert had a blood-alcohol level of .135 to .163 percent. The legal limit is .08 percent. Results also returned a high level of active and metabolized THC, the intoxicating ingredient in marijuana.

Notebaert was jailed Wednesday on charges of DUI manslaughter, vehicular homicide and DUI property damage.

Man was half-naked and speeding in crash that killed wife, police say. SunSentinel.com, 5/8/2014.

Man Who Stops to Help Woman Killed in Hit-&-Run Double Murder-Attempted Murder

Just before 4 a.m. Wednesday Patrick Balbastro, 32, and a female passenger, were driving home when he saw a man assaulting a woman in the 2200 block of East Sunland Vista, near East 36th Street and South Campbell Avenue.

Balbastro called 911 to report the altercation and told the emergency dispatcher he had to help the woman, said Sgt. Chris Widmer, spokesman for the Tucson Police Department. Multiple calls were made to 911 regarding the assault.

When Balbastro got out of his car to help the woman, the suspect attacked him. At some point during the attack, the passenger got out of in Balbastro’s car, Widmer said.

After the assault, the suspect got into Balbastro’s car and “aggressively use the vehicle as a weapon to strike all three victims multiple times,” Widmer said.

The suspect fled the scene and abandoned the vehicle after colliding into a tree near East Sunland Vista and South Campbell Avenue. He may have been injured in the crash, Widmer said.

The woman who was assaulted, Cindy Burnett, 47, died at the scene. Balbastro succumbed to his injuries at a local hospital. Balbastro’s 43-year-old passenger is hospitalized with life-threatening injuries, Widmer said.

Good Samaritan killed in hit-and-run double homicide. Arizona Daily Star, 1/2/2014.

Drunk Man Drives into Bedroom, Killing 1

Orange County Sheriff’s Lt. Jeff Hallock says authorities were called shortly after 3 a.m. Sunday after a suspected drunk driver drove a car into the front bedroom of a house in Mission Viejo.

Hallock says a man lying in bed was killed in the crash. He was not immediately identified.

Hallock says 27-year-old Kourosh Keshmiri has been arrested for investigation of driving under the influence.

It wasn’t immediately clear how fast the car was going downhill when it jumped the curb and landed inside the house.

Kourosh Keshmiri Arrested After Car Plows Into Calif. Bedroom, Killing Man. HuffPo Crime, 12/29/2013.

Sister, 19, Kills Brother, 18, with Family Minivan, Drags Him 100 Feet, Flees Scene

According to police records, Martinez-Rodriguez and her brother, Jesus Martinez, were arguing outside their home in Elsmere, Delaware Tuesday afternoon. Martinez-Rodriguez told police that she and Jesus both got out of the car but then she got back in behind the wheel. She told police that she was afraid her brother was going to hit her. Witnesses said one of the siblings used a baseball bat during the fight.

Police say Martinez-Rodriguez told them she slammed the gas pedal to make a u-turn and ran over Jesus. Her family says she fled in a panic.

… Neighbors who saw what happened said Martinez-Rodriguez fled crying and screaming.

She was later arrested at a nearby McDonald’s….

Teen Strikes, Kills Brother With Van. NBC 10 Philadelphia, 11/7/2013.

Woman Kills Cheating Husband via Motorcycle Accident

Sheriff’s investigators said the victim’s wife, Frances Hall, 50, was driving a black Cadillac Escalade south on Loop 1604 around 7:20 p.m. Thursday, when she began chasing her husband and his girlfriend. Bill Hall was riding a Harley Davidson motorcycle. His girlfriend was driving a black Range Rover.

Investigators said they believe Frances Hall bumped the Range Rover and forced it into another lane, then struck her husband’s motorcycle, which caused him to lose control and crash. They said Frances Hall did not stop to help, and instead continued to chase her husband’s girlfriend along Loop 1604, down Madonna Lacoste and back to the 9700 block of Loop 1604, where the two eventually stopped.

Bill Hall was airlifted to University Hospital, where he later died.

Woman charged with murder in husband’s motorcycle death. KSAT, 10/11/2013.

Man in Black Dodge Kills 1, Injures 11 at Venice Beach

The driver fled the scene and about an hour later, just as police were circulating word that they were seeking a black Dodge with a driver in his 20s, a man walked into a police station in neighboring Santa Monica, told officers he was involved in the boardwalk incident, Neiman said.

Police then found a car nearby that they believe belonged to the man, Neiman said.

Hours later detectives were questioning the man, calling him a person of interest and attempting to determine whether he was the driver, Neiman said.

… According to the security video and witness accounts, the man with a baseball cap, gray shirt and white pants parked next to the Cadillac Hotel, twice walking out to the boardwalk before getting into the Dodge Avenger and accelerating, swerving around yellow poles meant to prevent cars from getting into the pedestrian-only area and onto the boardwalk.

… The man knocked over two mannequins then started hitting people, swerving from side to side and often running straight into them.

The crowd of hundreds of couples, families and children who had been sitting at cafes, shopping and walking lazily along in shorts and sandals were sent on a mad scramble to get themselves and others out of the way and to rush to help those who were hit.

The car hit at least three vendors who were sitting at their sales booths, video showed.

It hit two women who appeared to be in their 60s, Hagan said.

Many ran after the car, screaming and cursing as it sped away, he said.

Venice Beach Crash Video Shows Accident That Killed 1, Injured 11. HuffPo Crime, 8/3/2013.

Porsche Driver Gone Bad and At-Large: Off-Duty Cop Killed in N.O.: Update, UPDATE

New Orleans Police are searching for the driver of a white 2012 or 2013 Porsche Panamera that fled eastbound towards Slidell on Interstate 10 following a fatal hit-and-run accident on the high rise bridge that killed an off-duty New Orleans Police Department officer.

“We now believe the vehicle involved in this fatality is a white … Porsche (Panamera) with extensive front right side damage, including a missing front light kit, as well as a missing side view mirror,” said Officer Frank Robertson III.

Robertson said the officer was involved in an accident on the high rise, and was struck when he exited his vehicle to check the status of the other motorist, at about 1 a.m. Sunday.

Witnesses said a white car was driving erratically when it hit the officer, knocking him to the pavement. The officer was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Driver of late-model white Porsche Panamera sought in hit-and-run death of NOPD officer. nola.com|The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune, 7/8/2013.

UPDATE:

A car believed to be involved in the hit-and-run fatality was located Monday at Best of the Best Automotive and Collision Center, at 2635 Gravier St., police said.

Person of interest in custody in fatal hit-and-run of NOPD officer. nola.com|The (NO) TImes-Picayune, 7/8/2013.

UPDATE 2:

Less than 40 minutes after the off-duty officer was struck – suspects Kenneth Halley and another man met Bill Cager at Cager’s auto and body shop, ironically just a block or so from NOPD headquarters.

…Once at the shop, documents say that surveillance video caught the three men as they went about wiping blood stains off the vehicle. However, they apparently didn’t dispose of the evidence very well as the documents said blood-stained rags were found in the garbage at the shop.

Police also said that when the vehicle was located in the shop Monday, it still had a massive indentation and hair was stuck in the windshield.

…According to court records, Thomas was in his uniform and wearing a reflective vest directing traffic after an accident on the highrise. When Thomas saw a white Porsche Panamera driving at a high-rate of speed, he attempted to flag down the vehicle. The Porsche struck Thomas’ truck, before hitting the officer and continuing with him on the hood of the car. After Thomas fell off the vehicle’s hood, the vehicle sped away.

…Around 3:30 p.m. Monday, McKey, 25, went to the NOPD Traffic Division with his attorney, according to court records. McKey told police that he was driving the Porsche, but added that it was dark and he didn’t see Thomas.

Between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. Tuesday, police arrested McKey and two others.

McKey, 25, was arrested for hit and run causing death or serious injury and manslaughter. His bond was set at $50,000.

The auto shop owner, Bill Cager, 34, was booked with obstruction of justice and accessory after the fact to manslaughter. His bond was set at $100,000 – $50,000 for each count.

Kenneth Halley, 28, who had been questioned as a person of interest on Monday, was arrested for obstruction of justice and accessory after the fact to manslaughter. He has an extensive criminal record that includes arrests for second degree murder and heroin distribution.

Police: Suspects in fatal ‘hit and run’ moved quickly to hide evidence. WWL-TV.com, 7/10/2013.

Teen Murders Homeless with 1989 Mercedes-Benz

Police allege that Carmen Elena Chavez of Los Angeles was drunk when her 1989 Mercedes-Benz careened onto the sidewalk where the two were sleeping.

Chavez had been speeding and attempted to navigate a turn when the vehicle spun out of control, Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Cleon Joseph said.

The two people, a man and woman, died at the scene, Joseph said. They have not yet been identified.

Teenage drunk driver kills two homeless people as they sleep on sidewalk, police say. NBCNews.com, 10/29/12.

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