Arrest made in Capital Boulevard fatal hit-and-run


Police arrested 55-year-old Ghassan Alsabbagh after spotting him in a police checkpoint Thursday.

Investigators say he was driving one of two cars that hit and killed 64-year-old Cornelia Amissah on Capital Boulevard on March 20.

Police had a flyer that contained the description of the car they were looking for, and little else. They went to the scene of the crime, the 2900 block of Capital Boulevard, at the same time the hit-and-run happened and were able to make an arrest.

Alsabbagh is charged with a felony hit-and-run. He's accused of being one of the two cars that hit Amissah.

Police spoke to ABC11 about how they tracked down the doctor when all they had was a surveillance video to go on.

"While the checkpoint was being conducted, two of the crash reconstruction officers were nearby watching the vehicles go through, and they saw a silver Lexus go through the checkpoint that caught their attention," said Jim Sughrue, with the Raleigh Police Department.

The doctor's office where Alsabbagh worked, the Gastroenterology & Hepatology Consultants, released this statement: "We have no comment concerning the current allegations. However, Dr. Ghassan Alsabbagh is an excellent doctor, great person, and we stand by him 100%."

Meanwhile, Amissah's family is now trying to raise money to bury their mother in Kenya.

» Click here to donate to a fund for the family. «

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