FREMONT — Investigators trying to find the suspect in a fatal hit-and-run last week that killed a Fremont woman and her dog believe they have pinned down the make and model of the car, police said Tuesday.
According to police, a light-colored Buick LeSabre modeled from 1997-99 is the car that hit 72-year-old Suzanne Ogi. Authorities identified Ogi on Tuesday afternoon.
Her dog, Molly, also died in the wreck, police said.
The crash happened on Nov. 29 around 8:30 p.m. in the intersection of Niles Boulevard and Rock Avenue. Both Ogi and her dog were in the crosswalk when they were hit, police said.
Witnesses at the scene told officers that the driver stopped and checked on Ogi before returning to the car and taking off north on Niles Boulevard toward Union City. Police described the driver as a slender white male in his 50s with gray hair and glasses who was wearing a lighter-colored fleece jacket.
Evidence uncovered by detectives led them to identify the car as a Buick LeSabre, police said. Investigators examined dash-cam footage from Fremont patrol cars that were in the area for the Niles Festival of Lights Parade, and police said cars stationed at Mission Boulevard/state Highway 238 and Nursery Avenue picked up video of a light-colored LeSabre.
According to police, video recorded the LeSabre driving north onto Highway 238 before turning left onto Nursery Avenue just before the crash. Police were unable to determine the license plate on the LeSabre.
Police said they are looking for the public’s help and encouraged anyone with information to call 510-790-6800, Ext. 3. Anonymous tips can be sent via the web or by texting TIPFREMONTPD and a message to 888-777.