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    Default 45-Year-Old Hit and Run of Little Girl Solved Via Facebook





    On Halloween of 1968, 4-year-old Carolee Sadie Ashby of upstate New York was struck and killed by a driver at an intersection as she walked home from trick-or-treating with her sister and cousin. For 45 years, police have been unable to identify the driver responsible for the little girl's death and have only now, in 2013, succeeded in finding the culprit behind the hit-and-run, thanks to the help of Facebook.



    In recent history, social media has been hit or miss when it comes to solving crimes. In one incident, commenters were able to track down the identity of a subway mugger within a day of his image being released (something that the police weren't able to do in a month), but in more recent history, internet speculation and online amateur detective sparked a full-on witch hunt for the Boston Bomber suspect that led to the extreme harassment of one innocent and missing young man's already grieving family.


    In the case of Carolee Sadie Ashby, however, a Facebook user was able to correctly identify 62-year-old Douglas Parkhurst as the driver who didn't stop after striking Ashby with his car. Last year, when retired cop Lt. Russ Johnson posted the details of the case on the social network site, a woman recognized the circumstances and contacted police with new information about how, in 1968, she was approached by Parkhurst's family about coming forward as a false alibi for the night of October 31st. The woman declined and was never informed of what it was that they wanted her to cover up.


    Parkhurst was originally questioned at the time of the crime, but there wasn't enough evidence to hold him. Since the woman has come forward, the case has been reopened, Parkhurst has been requestioned and he has admitted to the crime, saying that he was intoxicated the night that he hit Carolee. The statute of limitations has expired on the case and he will not be charged.

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    Well, at least the family has some closure. I hope guilt eats that fucker's liver out.
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    Hm, so a fatal hit-and-run is not considered a homicide or similar, worthy of no statute of limitations. That sucks. I wonder if the family can sue him for damages as the relatives of OJ's family sued OJ? I also wonder if he gave up drinking and driving after that night, or what...
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    Generally only murder cases have no statute of limitations. Sucks for the family, and hopefully this will bring some sort of closure. Sad story.
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    You get in your car when pissed out of your head and run someone over and kill them? That's murder to me.
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    maybe the vehicular homicide law didn`t exist then so can`t be applied to this case (i think you can only apply laws that existed at the time the crime took place)?

    side note: did those personals exist just to show you had friends or something? i don`t get it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JerriBlank View Post
    side note: did those personals exist just to show you had friends or something? i don`t get it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JerriBlank View Post
    maybe the vehicular homicide law didn`t exist then so can`t be applied to this case (i think you can only apply laws that existed at the time the crime took place)?
    Driving while drunk = wilfully committing to a course of action that can result in the death of someone by disregarding the safety of yourself and others. I say that anyone who kills while drunk or drugged while in charge of a vehicle shouldn't see daylight again. Get a taxi, get a ride or stay at home and get pissed there if you really have to get blitzed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JerriBlank View Post
    maybe the vehicular homicide law didn`t exist then so can`t be applied to this case (i think you can only apply laws that existed at the time the crime took place)?

    side note: did those personals exist just to show you had friends or something? i don`t get it.
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