Police: Suspect in fatal Newark hit-and-run believed to be driving stolen pickup during crash

Just before 6 p.m. Tuesday, authorities say the driver of the vehicle was turning left at an intersection on Sixth Avenue and Ninth Street when they hit a family of three crossing the street on the way home to their apartment building.

News 12 Staff

Feb 1, 2023, 10:56 AM

Updated 439 days ago

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Police say the suspect sought in a fatal Newark hit-and-run was believed to be driving a stolen, dark-colored pickup truck at the time of the incident.   
Just before 6 p.m. Tuesday, authorities say the driver of the vehicle was turning left at an intersection on Sixth Avenue and Ninth Street when they hit a family of three crossing the street on the way home to their apartment building.  
Video surveillance captured by Ancona Supermarket shows 5-year-old Fanta Sangare, her father Ismael and 2-year-old Ramata being run down by the car.  
Authorities say the three were rushed to University Hospital after the crash. Fanta Sangare, 5, died. Her father and sister suffered injuries not considered life-threatening.  
Supermarket employee Adonny Rodriguez was outside the store at the time of the incident.  
"I heard yelling and screaming, I looked and saw the baby on the floor and ran inside the store to get my father,” he said.  
Rodriguez says his family has seen several crashes in the area and has often wondered why there are no stoplights.  
"What we need is lights outside.  If we have lights, none of this would've happened,” he said.  
The Sangare family had moved the U.S. from Mali only four years ago.  
News 12 spoke to Moah Muhamed, who identified Ramata Sangare as his niece.
“I took this little girl to school this morning. I took her to school, and she is not even 5. We always have fun,” He said. 
“Look what happened. That’s it for her,” Muhamed says. 


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