Police Search For Driver That Killed Mother Of 7 Near School

Bob Butler
January 21, 2020 - 10:14 am
Car found in fatal hit-and-run that killed a mother in front of Oakland middle school

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Oakland Police are urging the driver who struck and killed a mother of seven in front of a middle school last week to turn themselves in.

Miesha Singleton, 40, of San Leandro was crossing the road at 98th Avenue and Cherry Street in front of Elmhurst Middle School on the afternoon of Jan. 17 when she was hit by a white Nissan Maxima, according to police. Singleton had been on her way to pick up her child from the school. The car drove off and Singleton was pronounced dead at the scene.

Singleton’s family held a vigil for her at the school Monday evening.

“She’s gone now. She’s gone and it hurts,” said her mother, Yolanda Thomas. “I depended on her. She was always there. She was a great daughter.”

“She’s just one of those mamas that took care of everybody,” said Oakland city councilmember Lynette Gibson McElhaney, who highlighted Singleton’s work in the community and said she had seven children.. “You need a volunteer? Miesha’s gonna volunteer. At ‘Take Back Our Street’ rallies — there’s Miesha.”

At the vigil, the Oakland Police Department said officers had found the suspect's car but are still looking for the driver.  

“Tips and information from our community led to the recovery of the suspect vehicle. That was the white Nissan we were looking for,” said officer Johnna Watson. “We’re processing it with the FBI and their resources. We’re doing DNA testing and collecting evidence. We’re confident we’re going to solve this case and we appreciate the community and their involvement in helping us.”

Police are now asking the driver of the Nissan to surrender, and for any witnesses who may have information to contact their traffic investigations unit at (510) 777-8570. OPD is offering a $10,000 reward for tips that lead to an arrest.