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Hit and Run
Season: 1
Episode: 4
Original airdate: September 24, 2013
Episode chronology
Previous episode: Home Town Hero
Next episode: Hiding in Plain Sight


Rachelle Escalante was a vibrant 17 year-old who had just finished her junior year at Globe High School. She loved her friends, loved to play sports, and while she was known to be fun-loving and generous - if pushed into a corner - she would not back down from a fight.

July 6, 1988, was a hot summer day and Rachelle went to a party with many of her friends from high school. After an argument broke out at the party, Rachelle stormed off by foot.

That same evening, Patrol Officers Lee Kinnard and Ray Hernandez were driving home when, in the distance, they saw what they thought was a dog moving slowly across the road. But, as they got closer, they realized it was actually a young woman crawling. They quickly stopped the car, got out, ran to the woman, and witnessed Rachelle gasp for her last breath of air, then die in front of them. Rachelle had been the victim of a hit-and-run. Could her ex-boyfriend's new girlfriend have taken the ultimate revenge, or did Rachelle have other enemies who may have wanted her dead?



  • Globe, Arizona (July 7, 1988)


  • Rachelle Escalante (17)

Case Update

A new witness was discovered who reported seeing a large yellow semi driving in the area during the time Rachelle was believed to have been hit. It seems this really could have been a tragic accident and the chances of locating the yellow truck or the driver of the truck were little to none. It's possible the driver didn't even know he/she hit Rachelle.


Cold Justice season 1
Episodes Small Town Suicide?MotherHome Town HeroHit and RunHiding in Plain SightSmall Town TragedyHatchetBlind Love
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