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Raleigh man charged in fatal hit-and-run on Capital Boulevard

Posted April 3

Ghassan Al-Sabbagh

— 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.


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  • scarlett2 Apr 7, 6:51 p.m.

    My thoughts and prayers are with this family. A doctor runs over their beloved family member and kept on going? I cannot imagine their shock, that someone who is supposed to render aid, could hit someone and keep on going. I hope the AMA hears of this.

  • itsmyownopinion Apr 4, 6:22 p.m.

    If I knew that I had struck and killed a person with my car and I wanted to get away with it, not get caught, I would not be driving that car. I would have done everything possible to hide it or cover up. If I had damage to my car and thought I had hit something in the road, possibly an animal, or anything lost from another vehicle on the road, I would drive the car until I had time to get it fixed.

  • dnetto034 Apr 4, 4:47 p.m.

    I know the man charged in this tragedy. He is one of the most kind and compassionate MDs I have... View More

    — Posted by mikeihrie

    Ummmm.....I'm not sure how you can run over somebody and not know it, really?? I'm sure he is... View More

    — Posted by dbop90

    You obviously do not know this man at all. Have you ran someone over before? Do you know what it feels like. My husband is a firefighter and has been on many scenes where people call 911 cause they think they ran over a deer or a box or just something...and it ended up being a human being. I can only pray that they never realized what it was they did run over cause I have no doubt they would be as distraught as Dr Al-Sabbagh!

  • dnetto034 Apr 4, 4:43 p.m.

    You'd think as a physician he'd have the smarts to stop at the scene after hitting her,... View More

    — Posted by beachluvr

    He is a decent man. Do not be quick to judge unless you actually know him and the whole story!

  • dnetto034 Apr 4, 4:41 p.m.

    Well there goes your medical career. I seriously doubt this man didn't know he hit someone and... View More

    — Posted by MissB

    NO he did NOT know he hit someone. You obviously do NOT know a thing about this man. You just sound plan ignorant, quick to judge. SMH!

  • dnetto034 Apr 4, 4:36 p.m.

    Even if he claims he didn't know he hit someone, why didn't he come forward when they gave... View More

    — Posted by freedomteam

    He does not watch the local news. Neither do I. I did not hear about it at all until yesterday

  • dnetto034 Apr 4, 4:30 p.m.

    I'm trying to understand. He wasn't the one who initially hit this poor lady, as that person DID... View More

    — Posted by Homeward

    HE knew he hit 'something' he had NO idea it was a person. Let me correct myself...he knew ran something over. He was not the first one to hit her. If he was fleeing...why would he have stopped at the gas station to look at his car??

  • itsmyownopinion Apr 4, 12:49 p.m.

    I'll never understand why my comments are rarely posted, but I'm going to try this once more.

    I don't know this doctor, but this tragic event doesn't fit his profile.



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  • drfrost Apr 4, 12:10 p.m.

    I know this doctor well - he would never hurt a fly, let alone a human. He is the type of man who would have immediately stopped and given it all he has to help.

  • watersbren Apr 4, 12:06 p.m.

    I have known Dr Al-Sabbagh for many years and consider him to be one of the most ethical people I have ever met. I hope people will not rush to judge him before all the facts are presented and that each one of us who drive a car will think about our near misses, distractions, etc.