A hit and run of a pedestrian is a terrible crime that is too often ignored.

The hit is often unintentional but the act of fleeing rather than helping is usually intentional. Often other crimes are connected. Police and prosecutors have a poor track record in these cases. Insurance companies vigorously fight claims made by victims. Injuries can be life-altering or career-ending.

A neighbor was charged with my intentional hit and run 17 years ago this month. A grand jury voted to uphold an attempted vehicular manslaughter charge that was not filed. Those injuries left me disabled for years and still has effect on my daily life. I conclude that the crime rerouted my career and cost me millions in lost earnings. The man admitted guilt, entered an addiction treatment program, and never faced trial. The insurance company spent more money on defense lawyers than on settlement.

Besides that serious pedestrian hit, I was hit three times on bicycle. Twice in Philadelphia and once in Ocean City. In those days I spent more time on bike than in a car. The bikes were destroyed but I was uninjured. The drivers fled in all three accidents. Police barely bothered to show up and take a report.

The experiences taught me that this is a crime with more damage than our society understands