(KRON) — A household in Oakland is grieving after their beloved one was killed in a hit-and-run crash on June 16. Police are nonetheless looking for the motive force that hit the lady earlier than fleeing the scene.
Santu Maya, 73, was in a crosswalk close to Foothill Boulevard and Vicksburg Avenue when she was struck by a black Mercedes. Witnesses say the automobile could have been racing, and it was driving at a excessive pace.
Lilly Medina was an eyewitness to the crash, and says she watched as Maya’s physique was thrown into the air and again all the way down to the pavement within the collision. Medina informed KRON4 she knew from the blood that it was unhealthy. She referred to as 911 eight or 9 occasions earlier than she might get linked.
RPD launched photographs of the suspect’s automobile at a automobile wash close by. The license plate within the photographs reads: 5AUT731.
The automobile’s license plate could have been eliminated, police mentioned. It’s not identified if medication or alcohol had been concerned within the crash, however police say pace and avenue racing seem to have been elements.
Maya’s household grieves
Maya’s household has a shrine devoted to her of their East Oakland lounge. It has been a painful couple of weeks for them. She had simply moved to America from Thailand 4 months in the past.
“I actually need justice for my mother. A minimum of if he hit and he stopped she may be alive with me as we speak,” mentioned Maya’s daughter Sanjoo Verma, who was with Maya when the crash occurred.
“He didn’t cease. He ran away,” Verma mentioned. “And I heard the noise ‘increase,’ and I circled and I noticed her physique and I attempted to carry my mother. I informed her ‘Mommy, mommy, don’t fear. I’m right here.’ And he or she simply checked out me after which she was gone.”
Verma mentioned her 10-year-old daughter is gloomy and offended over her grandmother’s dying.
The household is praying for the motive force accountable to be captured. They’re looking for some type of reduction from their struggling.
In keeping with California Freeway Patrol, there have been greater than 260 crashes related to avenue racing and sideshows statewide. Thirty of these have been lethal.