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TNT 'Cold Justice' rewind 'Hit & Run' of teen girl, was it murder or accident?

Cold Justice” (TNT) is a reality TV docu-drama that can be seen each Friday evening at 9/8 p.m. It has been picked up for a 3rd TV season beginning early 2015. The summer TV ratings of 2014 have averaged 2.3 million TV viewers overall. It has jumped 24% above the January winter broadcast. 10 brand new episodes have been ordered & the TV show will go to more U.S. states.

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The first TV season premiered back on Tuesday Sept. 3, 2013. There were 8 episodes & TNT renewed it for a 2nd TV season on Oct. 8, that same year. 10 episodes were ordered by the network for that 2nd season beginning Jan. 17, 2014. The popularity of the TV show prompted TNT to add 8 additional episodes for a summer run beginning June 6, 2014.

This is a “rewind” back to season one, episode four called, “Hit & Run” (09/24/2013). This is a cable TV show & due to the nature of the subject matter. Viewer discretion is advised. We will follow a former prosecutor named Kelly Siegler & real crime scene investigator (CSI) Yolanda McClary, as they open a cold case.

Hit & Run” opened with Kelly & Yolanda traveling to Globe, Arizona. On July 6, 1988 a 17-year-old girl named, Rachelle Escalante went to a party at a friends house. She got into a fight with someone & later was hit by a car & killed. The officers questioned all the teens at the party & they didn't give a straight answer. It is now 25 years later.

Homicide investigator Johnny Bonds & LAPD detective Orlando Martinez are called in to help solve this hit & run accident. On the night of the party, a black trans-am was seen driving around the house where the party took place. Rachelle was last seen leaving the party & heading into the street. When the police arrived, she was still breathing before she died on the street.

The detectives believe that the trans-am was used to run down Rachelle. 15-year-old Laurie Wright borrowed that black trans-am & drove it to the party. Her boyfriend Tony Romero was seen kissing Rachelle at the party. Tony was on parole that night & he claimed that he held the car keys all night. Rachelle was also in a relationship with a girl named Cathy Arana who later died in a car accident. They got into an argument too at that party.

The detectives had sent all blood evidence in for DNA testing. They re-interview family members & all the witnesses who are still alive. Their memories are still strong & so are the lies, these 25 years later. They go back to the party & retrace the hit & run accident.

Who hit Rachelle with the trans-am? Was is an accident? Was it murder? You can watch the full episode of “Hit & Run” at YouTube.