Identity of Deadly Hit-and-Run Victim Released

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A roadside memorial was started Tuesday by Austin’s friends, near where he died, with dozens of candles, balloons, and a few photographs. A flyer created by the friends is posted as well. / Photo NatomasBuzz.com

BY BRANDY TUZON BOYD
THE NATOMAS BUZZ | @natomasbuzz

Updated 5 p.m. on July 17, 2020

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Steven Chigaekwu Austin / Photo NatomasBuzz.com

The victim of a deadly hit-and-run accident last weekend in Natomas has been identified as Steven Chigaekwu Austin.

Austin, 32, of Sacramento, was struck by a vehicle near the intersection of Northgate Boulevard and West El Camino Avenue at about 2:41 p.m. on Sunday, July 12. He sustained major injuries and was declared deceased at the scene by first responders.

A roadside memorial was started Tuesday by Austin’s friends members, near where he died, with dozens of candles, balloons, and a few photographs. A flyer created by the friends is posted as well, pleading for help identifying the driver of the vehicle that hit Austin.

“Please help us find out who killed Steven Chigaekwu Austin on July 12,” it reads. “Any information will help.”

Police spokesperson Officer Karl Chan said that detectives have recovered the suspect vehicle.

“At this time we have not identified a suspect in this case,” Chan said. “The investigation is still ongoing.”

Sacramento Police investigators seek the community’s help in identifying the person who was driving the vehicle and fled the scene after the accident.

The Sacramento Police Department encourages any witnesses with information regarding this hit and run collision to contact the dispatch center at (916) 808-5471 or Sacramento Valley Crime Stoppers at (916) 443-HELP (4357). Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000. Anonymous tips can also be submitted using the free “P3 Tips” smartphone app.

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Surveillance image of car suspected in deadly hit-and-run accident Sunday in South Natomas. / SacPD Photo

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Surveillance image of vehicle suspected in deadly hit-and-run accident on Sunday. / SacPd Photo

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