OAKLAND, Calif. (KRON) — A hit-and-run driver who allegedly killed a 100-year-old Oakland man last weekend has been arrested, police announced Friday.
The victim, identified as Tzu-Ta Ko, was hit by a Mini Cooper on Feb. 19 at 7 a.m. while walking near the intersection of 19th Street and Harrison Street. Ko’s family said he enjoyed going on walks for exercise.
Responding officers found Ko at the scene suffering from severe head trauma. The Mini Cooper driver fled before police arrived.
The OPD held a press conference Friday to announce that an Oakland woman was arrested. Her name was not immediately released.
“The person responsible has been arrested,” said OPD Deputy Chief James Beere. “We had a lot of support and cooperation with the community. A lot of people called in. That was huge. Investigators worked day and night to come full circle and make an arrest.”
Captain Anthony Tedesco said the driver was identified through “an extensive canvass of witnesses and surveillance videos.”
Tedesco said there is no excuse for fleeing from a deadly crash.
“If you are involved in a traffic collision, checking on the safety of the other person involved is paramount. It just shows your humanity. There is no reason to flee from the scene,” the captain said.