OPD makes arrest in hit-and-run crash that killed a grandmother

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The Oakland Police Department had arrested a suspect in the hit-and-run crash that killed a woman on June 16. 

Santu Maya, 73, of Oakland, was walking with her daughter when she was fatally hit by a car at Foothill Boulevard and Vicksburg Avenue. 

Witnesses said the car may have been street racing, but police did not mention racing when announcing the arrest. 

“He didn’t stop. He ran away,” Maya’s daughter Sanjoo Verma said. “And I heard the noise ‘boom,’ and I turned around and I saw her body and I tried to hold my mom. I told her, ‘Mommy, mommy, don’t worry. I’m here.’ And she just looked at me and then she was gone.”


Charlene is a Bay Area journalist who hails from the small community of Fresno. Drawing from her experience writing for her college paper, Charlene continues to advocate for free press and local journalism. She also volunteers in all the beach cleanups she can because she loves the water.

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