City of Sacramento Police Department

SAMUEL D. SOMERS JR.
Chief of Police
5770 Freeport Blvd., Suite 100
Sacramento, CA  95822-3516

(916) 808-0800
Fax : (916) 808-0818
www.sacpd.org

MEDIA ADVISORY/PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release No. 20091201-239
Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Driver Sought in Hit and Run Accident

The Sacramento Police Department is asking for the community's help in locating the driver of a vehicle that hit and killed a 4-year-old boy.  

On November 30, 2009, at 8:20 a.m., officers responded to the area of Northgate Boulevard and Wilson Avenue regarding a hit and run accident.  Officers arrived and determined that a 4-year-old boy had been struck by a vehicle exiting the parking lot of Smythe Academy.  The boy was on his way to school, riding his scooter, with his older brother and his grandmother.  The vehicle dragged the boy several feet before fleeing south on Northgate Blvd.   Emergency medical personnel responded and transported the boy to a local hospital, where he later died from his injuries.

The suspect vehicle is described as a 1995-1997 Nissan Maxima, dark red or burgundy with a black tinted rear window.  Detectives believe that there may be minimal if any damage to the front of the vehicle.  Below is a photo of the possible suspect vehicle that was captured on a surveillance video south of the accident location.

The Sacramento Police Department urges anyone with information pertaining to this incident to contact Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP or text in a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) or call the traffic detectives directly at (916) 808-6030. Enter SACTIP followed by the tip information.  Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

Sacramento Police Media Relations · (916) 808-0808 · spdpio@pd.cityofsacramento.org

The Mission of the Sacramento Police Department is to work in partnership with the Community to
protect life and property, solve neighborhood problems, and enhance the quality of life in our City.