The city, which had been declared a crisis by its chief of police, added to that testimony when on Monday its murder rate reached a figure unseen in nearly a decade.
The 44-year-old man, hit by a car last month, died from his injuries, becoming the city’s 110th murder victim this year. That number surpassed the 2020 figure by one and is the largest in the city since 131 murders in 2012.
Police said they believed the driver of the car deliberately hit the man. The early morning clash occurred on September 26th.
According to police, the man died at Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley around 6:00 pm. He never left the hospital.
Authorities did not identify him on Tuesday, citing an investigation.
The murder was the first since the death of a 15-year-old girl who was driving in a car on October 6, after the shooting. The death prompted an outcry from Police Chief LeRonne Armstrong, who at a press conference the next day said of the city, “We’re in crisis.”
This death was also due to a car; the police said it was the result of a road rage incident.
Since 2010, Auckland has recorded at least 100 murders four times, including 109 last year. After its worst decade in 2012, the homicide rate remained below 100 in 2013-19.
The upward trend in the past three years has followed the lowest in a decade, 75 murders in 2018.
The latest murder occurred shortly before 2:40 a.m. on September 26 in the 10200 block of International Boulevard, police said. When the officers arrived, they found a man with severe head injuries.
The driver of the car that hit him fled the scene. Investigators later determined that the driver had apparently deliberately hit the pedestrian, police said. They didn’t say what they think was the motive.
An ambulance took him to the hospital.
The Oakland Police and Crime Organization are offering a cash reward of up to $ 10,000 for information leading to the arrest of a driver. Anyone with information can call the police at 510-238-3821 or 510-238-7950 or Crime Stoppers at 510-777-8572.
Staff writer Harry Harris contributed to this story.