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Deadly hit-skips: How many get solved

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Israel Thornton (Source: Keiyana Simmons, aunt) Israel Thornton (Source: Keiyana Simmons, aunt)
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

19 Action News is tracking the search for a hit and run driver who killed a little boy, and we're investigating the chances for police cracking the case.

A mystery driver is still rolling freely on your streets nearly six weeks since killing five year old Israel Thornton and taking off. So we looked at how many hit and runs statewide go unsolved.

This year, the cases in Cleveland include an elderly woman hit and killed and a teen driver arrested. Then recently the five year old boy killed while going to catch a school bus. No arrest for that yet.

In Cleveland, so far this year there have been four fatal hit skips. That is as many as the Ohio Highway Patrol handled thru mid-November statewide.  Keep in mind police in many cities handle their own cases but the patrol covers lots of ground.

How many deadly hit and run cases get solved?

Highway Patrol figures show about half; 50% this year, 57% last year, 50% in 2011, and 41% in 2010.

As for little Israel Thornton's case, the best evidence may be photos from school bus security cameras.

Cleveland accident investigators are looking for a Dodge Journey or Kia Sorrento or Jeep Cherokee.

If you have a tip, call or email Crime Stoppers at 216-252-7463 or www.25crime.com.

Your tip can lead to a reward.

According to police, many of these deadly hit and run cases do get solved long after the crashes.

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