Raleigh man charged in fatal hit-and-run on Capital Boulevard
Posted April 3, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. — A traffic checkpoint Thursday helped Raleigh police make an arrest in a March 20 hit-and-run on Capital Boulevard that killed a 64-year-old woman.
Police said a Lexus sedan that passed through the checkpoint in the 2900 block of Capital Boulevard around 7 a.m. caught the attention of an officer. Police later obtained an arrest warrant charging the driver, Ghassan Al-Sabbagh, 55, with felony hit-and-run. He was taken into custody Thursday afternoon in Louisburg.
The wreck killed Cornelia Olero Amissah, who walking along Capital Boulevard near the intersection of Trawick Road. Police said two vehicles struck Amissah, but only the first driver stopped. Police distributed security video taken from a nearby convenience store in an effort to find the second driver.
Amissah, who was identified by her family as Cornelia Olero Ogogo, is a native of Kenya who had three children. Her family is holding a fundraiser to raise money to send her body back to Kenya for burial on April 12.
The fundraiser is at 6 p.m. Saturday at 8705 Park Place in Raleigh. Donations can also be made online.