Police Solved Hit-and-Run Crime With Help From A Reddit User
Internet message boards aren’t always a positive environment. They usually have too many bullies and trolls. But that was before Reddit users helped put clues together to find the suspect behind a fatal hit-and-run car accident. All it took was one important piece of evidence for everyone to solve the crime.
A Fatal Hit-And-Run
In early August, Susan Rainwater was riding her bike when she was struck and killed by a car in Eatonville, Washington. The 63-year-old mother and grandmother was pedaling on a road near her home like she always does. Just before 9:30 AM, a car veered off the road, hit Rainwater, and drove off, leaving her to die.
Looking For Clues
Rainwater’s body was found hours later by a neighbor, who immediately called the police for help. Rainwater’s family pleaded for the driver to come forward, but it wasn’t that easy. Police began looking for clues in the fields along the road, and they eventually found a small piece of the car. A patrol for the Washington State Police shared a photo of the car piece on Twitter, which then found its way on Reddit.
Car Experts At Work
There are many car experts on Reddit. Once they saw the photo, Reddit users went right to work to identify the make and model of the car. Hundreds of comments began pouring in, offering their thoughts. Users worked together, but it was eventually a retired vehicle inspector who determined the car piece was from a mid-1980s Chevy truck.
One Clue Leads To Another
The Reddit user was probably right about his inspection. Days later, the Washington State Police received an anonymous tip about a 1986 Chevrolet K-10 pickup truck that had noticeable damage to its front headlight. Police easily identified the suspect as 37-year-old Jeremy Simon, who confessed to hitting Rainwater, as well as possessing illegal drugs.
Social Media Can Be Good
It turns out message boards can be good… sometimes. A similar case occurred in January 2018, when Reddit users helped identify a car piece that belonged to a red 2007-2009 Toyota Camry LE. Police then arrested a suspect who also hit a cyclist in Tampa, Florida.
Who knew Redditors could solve crimes?
More in OMG!
This Instagram Star Makes Mesmerizing Scenes Made Only From Books
Books have long been seen as a gateway to another world. Elizabeth Sagan takes that to the next level by creating...November 12, 2018
Cleaning The Oceans May Have Just Become Easier With This Robot-Shark That Preys On Aquatic Waste
Plastic pollution in oceans, lakes, and rivers is no laughing matter. One Dutch company has created a drone to help reduce...November 11, 2018
Rare Emerald Mined In Zambia Measures In At A Whopping 5,655 Carats
Sure, the emerald recently discovered in Zambia would make a sparkly addition to any necklace or engagement ring. The thing is,...November 10, 2018
Woman Posts Photos Of Herself In Different Pant Sizes To Show That Size Doesn’t Matter
The fashion industry is different for women than it is for men. Women’s pants often come without pockets, after all, in...November 9, 2018
World’s First Foldable Smartphone Debuts
Have you dreamt about being able to fold your smartphone? A small company named Royole managed to beat Samsung and other...November 9, 2018
In Photos: Surprising Things That Can Only Be Found In Dubai
Dubai is now known as a bustling cosmopolitan center in the Persian Gulf, and it doesn’t seem to be letting up...November 8, 2018
Common Misconceptions About Popular Foods Debunked
You don’t have to consider yourself a foodie to be an expert on certain foods. However, there are some widely accepted...November 7, 2018
Late Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen Vowed Give $30 Million To The Seattle Homeless
Even after his passing, Paul Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft, will continue to put his hard earned money to great use. Through...November 7, 2018
Photos Of The Latest Falcon 9 Rocket Launch That Are Out-Of-This-World Spectacular
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a… UFO? In early October, everyone was trying to figure out what caused a...November 6, 2018