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Arrest made in hit-and-run crash that killed Oceanside grandmother

Oceanside grandmother killed by hit-and-run driver
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Posted at 4:37 PM, Jul 28, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-28 20:18:13-04

OCEANSIDE, Calif. (KGTV) — A man has been charged in connection with a hit-and-run crash that left a grandmother dead in Oceanside in early June.

According to the Oceanside Police Department, 34-year-old Sean Richter is charged with suspicion of felony gross vehicular manslaughter and hit-and-run with death in the death of 68-year-old Cecilia Shu.

The fatal crash happened on Sunday, June 5 around 8:19 a.m. on Benet Road and Leepish Drive.

Investigators say Richter, who was driving a black Honda SUV drove onto the sidewalk and hit Shu as she was walking on the sidewalk. Richter then allegedly made a U-turn and drove away.

Shu was pronounced dead at the scene. Police initially believed the crash was accidental and speed may have been a factor. Investigators also say Richter's car has been seen speeding in the area before.

After weeks of investigating, Richter's car was recovered and he was later identified as the suspect. He was taken into custody at the Oceanside Police Department.

Shu's family released a statement Thursday following Richter's arrest.

Cecilia Shu was a light in this world. When reckless actions extinguished that light Cecilia’s family experienced and continues to experience immeasurable grief.

She was a devoted wife to her husband and a loving mother and grandmother. Learning that the driver fled the scene, Cecilia’s family feared the perpetrator would never be held responsible. But now, with an arrest made, Cecilia’s family has some consolation that justice can be done.

Cecilia’s family is deeply thankful to the Oceanside Police Department and their exemplary detective work which lead to Sean Richter’s arrest. The family wishes to thank the District Attorney’s office who have been so swift in filing criminal charges.

There is a civil case underway and Cecilia’s family would appreciate anyone who has information about Sean Richter, co-workers, and neighbors, contacting the family’s counsel, Matthew de Lira, Esq. of Phillips & Pelly LLP at (858) 794-1700.
Shu Family