Checkpoint leads to arrest in fatal Raleigh hit-and-run

From staff reportsApril 3, 2014 

— A well-timed checkpoint helped Raleigh police identify a suspect Thursday in a hit-and-run collision that killed a 64-year-old woman last month, according to police. The Raleigh Police Department has charged Ghassan Alsabbagh, 55, with felony hit-and-run, according to a department release.

A Lexus sedan driven by Alsabbagh may be connected to the March 20 death of Cornellia Olero Amissah, of Raleigh, police announced Thursday. Investigators believe that Alsabbagh is one of two drivers who struck Amissah as she crossed Capital Boulevard just north of its intersection with Trawick Road, away from a crosswalk, according to police reports.

Investigators had been searching for weeks for a second driver involved in the collision. Thursday morning, officers set up a checkpoint in the northbound lanes of Capital Boulevard, less than a block from the site of the fatal collision. The officers examined cars just before 7 a.m. – the same time that Amissah was struck – and flagged the Lexus driven by Alsabbagh for further investigation, according to a written release by Raleigh police.

Police arrested Alsabbagh without incident on Thurday afternoon in Louisburg, according to Raleigh police.

The first driver believed to have struck Amissah remained at the scene of the crash and wasn’t charged, according to police.


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