QUINCY — A 78-year-old woman has died from injuries suffered in a Dec. 3 hit-and-run accident on Burgin Parkway, and authorities are asking the public for help identifying the person who was driving the car that struck her.
Akiu Ngo of Quincy died Sunday after more than a week of efforts to save her life.
Investigators say the suspect is a white man between 40 and 50 years old with grayish hair. He was wearing khaki pants, a maroon striped shirt, and a black jacket. The man was driving a black, “boxy” station wagon — possibly a Volvo — that may have a metal stripe across the back.
Quincy Police Chief Paul Keenan said the suspect had gotten out of his vehicle to inspect the damage before he fled. The crash took place at the intersection with Dimmock Street around 4:43 p.m., and the suspect headed south on Burgin Parkway after leaving the scene.
“We do believe that he was aware that he hit a human being,” Keenan said. “It does make it more tragic, and I don’t understand why someone would leave a human being lying in the middle of the road.”
Keenan and Norfolk District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey held a news conference Monday at the Quincy police station to ask the public — particularly auto repair workers — to keep an eye out for any vehicle that meets the description and may have suffered minor damage.
Because the victim was wearing “puffy winter clothing,” authorities said, the damage may be as minimal as denting or scratching.
Investigators have also been looking for surveillance video of the crash but have not found any that led to an identification of the driver. Officials asked residents or businesses who have surveillance cameras in the area of the crash to contact authorities.
Police believe the driver was traveling at approximately the speed limit of 35 miles per hour and had a green light at the intersection. Ngo, who was wearing dark clothes, had attempted to cross in a crosswalk but against a “don’t walk” signal.
Regardless of those factors, Morrissey said, the investigation is focused on finding the man who fled after a serious crash.
“Obviously, leaving the scene creates some apprehension,” he said. “We want to get to the bottom of it.”