Stephen Ellison

Driver Flees Scene After SUV Hits and Kills Pedestrian in Vallejo

The driver of an SUV ran away from a collision that killed an 18-year-old woman Wednesday afternoon in Vallejo, police said, and a family was trying to cope with the tragic death of their loved one.

Police are looking to speak with Vincent Fitzer who they believe may be involved and is a person of interest in the hit and run incident.

Family on Thursday identified the victim as Ayres Buffin. She was one of eight siblings who took care of each other.

Vallejo Police Department
The Vallejo Police Department Traffic Division is currently looking to speak with Vincent Fitzer. It is believed he may be involved in the fatal pedestrian collision that occurred Wednesday on Vervais Avenue.

"We don’t have a mother, we don’t have a father. That’s all we have is each other; sisters and brothers," Precious Buffin said.

Ayres loved to play sports and was a tomboy, her sister said. She had dreams of going to college.

At 3:43 p.m. Wednesday, police received a report of a collision on Vervais Avenue near Fleming Avenue East. When officers arrived, they determined that a 1994 GMC Suburban was traveling north on Vervais Avenue and stopped close to Elna Drive.

Police said the vehicle rolled backwards on Vervais with the driver still inside.

It appeared the driver tried to negotiate the corner at Fleming Avenue East, but the SUV left the road and hit the teen who was walking on the sidewalk. The SUV kept going, overturned and stopped on the opposite sidewalk.

Police said the woman who was struck suffered severe injuries. She was taken to a hospital and died.

Police are investigating the collision, and anyone with information is asked to call Officer Waylon Boyce at (707) 648-4013.

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