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5 hurt in hit-and-run

Published: Sat, February 9, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

Witness thinks act was ‘on purpose’

Five people were injured when a white Pontiac Sunfire with its headlights off drove into people assembling for a vigil on West Hylda Street at 6:30 p.m. Friday and sped away.

Five injured by hit and run driver at Youngstown vigil

By Ed Runyan



Five people were injured when a white Pontiac Sunfire with its headlights off drove into people assembling for a vigil on West Hylda Avenue at 6:30 p.m. Friday and sped away, police and witnesses said.

Youngstown police said they had made no arrests as of 11 p.m. but were following “the leads they have” and had not been notified that any of the victims had died.

The vigil was for Robert Brown, 23, of Youngstown, who was killed in a hit-and-run near there late last Saturday as he was walking to his car on the South Side.

The vigil was about to begin in the parking lot of a former post office on Hylda, said Marva Barnes, a witness.

Barnes, of Youngstown, said she was getting ready to get out of her car to attend the vigil when she saw the Sunfire “zooming down the street and it hit somebody and I heard somebody scream.”

The car then started backing toward her, so she shut the door, and the Sunfire hit her car, then went forward again and tried to hit somebody but missed, she said.

The last she saw of the Sunfire, it turned right onto Market Street heading south.

She saw only four people injured — two men who weren’t moving and two people who were talking, she said.

Because the headlights were off, the way the person was driving and because of the 6:30 timing, Barnes said she thinks the act was planned.

“They turned the headlights off to go through, so I feel like they did it on purpose,” Barnes said.

The vigil was in the newspaper and on Facebook, so it’s possible the driver showed up at that time to disrupt the vigil, Barnes said.

As for why someone would want to do that, “There’s some sick people in Youngstown,” she said.

She estimated that about 50 people were there for the vigil, which had not yet started. News cameras were there to film the vigil and captured some of the incident on film.

Barnes said she was at the vigil because Brown was a friend of hers.

Brown had left Duka’s Bar on Hylda with a friend, and a car traveling down Hylda at a high rate of speed hit Brown and continued without stopping.

He died at St. Elizabeth Health Center.

Police have continued to investigate the incident but had not made any arrests.


1lilgandee(103 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

That seems very intentional and I heard the accident happen on the news, horrific sound and to back up is disgusting. Tragically reminding, which was not necessary, why they were there in the first place. Makes me believe Mr. Brown's hit and run was just as intentional. Terrible people in this country and I pray for all families involved and all these injured today make a full recovery. Most of all they catch the dirtbag who hurt the men today and who ran into Mr. Brown and throw the book at them.

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2Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

Sad, sure hope they get him/her .

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3Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

What a sick, pitiful, disgusting piece of filth this person/s are. How low can someone be.

What a sickening society we live in. No care for human life.

Praying they find this animal/s and bring him/them into the woods and .........

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4kensgirl(1056 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

Find him/her and hang them high. Set an example.

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5endthismess(463 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

What were 4 these people doing to bring out such rotten hateful behavior? Certainly some cameras had to be up somewhere to follow a line on these sick SOB's. The intent here was to mame and kill. They have given themselves their own life sentence. No trial necessary. Hang them high.

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6redeye1(5614 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

When they find them , line them up on a street and have the people and the parents take turns hitting them. An eye for an eye treatment. Hanging them goes to fast!

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7sweetiepie(15 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

What an idiot?! got away with it once then you turn around and do it again? wont take long to capture this fool! no respect for people honoring someone count this one down.

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8busyman(239 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

These gangstas will not be affected by the new gun control laws. They will use any means to hurt people. This is a shame that this violence continues. You tell me that the police can not due a search to see owns this type of vehicle in the area. Even if it was stolen it will give them some clue.

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9Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

To bad that the police did not think of that . Maybe you should do their job and you could come up with super ideas like looking for that type of car .
MY MY you SO smart .

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10whitesabbath(738 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

Youngstown police said they have impounded a white Pontiac Sunfire that may have been involved in an incident Friday night where a car drove into a group of people.

The incident happened during a candlelight vigil on the South Side for hit-and-run victim Robert Brown Jr.

Several witnesses reported seeing a vehicle, with the headlights turned off, speed into the crowd, hitting five people.

All of the victims went by ambulance to St. Elizabeth Health Center. They are Tyler Austin, 19, of Campbell, who was last listed in critical condition; Hector Tejda 19, of Youngstown; Ricardo Reyes, 19, of Campbell; Chester Mitchell, 19, of Youngstown; and Felix Rodriguez, 21, of Youngstown. Those four were last listed in stable condition, police said.

Family and friends of Brown had planned for the vigil to be near the corner of West Hylda and Market Street, where Brown was hit early Sunday while walking to his truck following a family party at Ducka's Bar. At the last minute, they decided to move the candlelight vigil into the parking lot of an old post office nearby, to keep those attending off the street.

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11VINDYAK(1824 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

So sick...shows how wicked people out there will use anything to injure or kill others. This person will be caught. The clock is ticking...

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12kurtw(1759 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

How terrible for those poor people driven down by a criminal or maniac. One prays for their recovery and one prays for the quick apprehension and punishment (can't be severe enough- all the law allows) of those responsible.

What this illustrates again- as if we needed to be reminded- is how vulnerable all of us are in a closely connected society: the criminal, the insane, in a way, hold all of us hostage.

And it's a mistake to fixate on a single weapon- the Gun- as everyone did after Newtown. Anyone driving a Motor Vehicle- most of us- is in control of a potential weapon with as much destructive capacity as any pistol or rifle- as this tragic incident proves.

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