Kirkwood hit-and-run suspect arrested for van matching accident video

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KIRKWOOD, MO (KTVI) - Police have made an arrest in a hit-and-run from February. Omar Vazquez, 43, is accused of driving the vehicle that struck Joseph Auffenberg on the 400 block of Kirkwood road. According to a release Kirkwood police say they found the two-tone minivan that hit Auffenberg on Thursday. They say the vehicle has damage to the headlight and hood consistent with the accident. Vazquez is the registered owner of that vehicle.

Kirkwood police say they logged hundreds of hours of work during the investigation. According to a release from the department they eliminated 95% of the 5,100 Ford minivans registered in the St Louis area and surrounding counties areas. The sorted them by model and paint scheme comparison to case evidence and video. Officers also inspected 235 vans of similar make, model, and paint scheme from as far away as Pulaski County, Missouri, during the five week investigation.

Vazquez is being charged with leaving the scene of an accident. He is being held at St Louis County Jail and held on $10,000 bond.

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    • Amanda Williams

      You are a pathetic low life for thinking that. Crime happens everyday in St. Louis majority is white & black. Continue to show how racist this country is. Go back to school and realize these people were here first you pathetic person.

      • Todd Gack

        Uhh, Alice, I highly doubt he was intentionally trying to kill him. At most, they would charge him with involuntary manslaughter or negligent homicide. Right now they only charged him with leaving scene of accident.

    • Jen

      “Real crimes”?!?! As someone who personally knew the kind hearted gentle soul that was taken way to soon from us I am appalled by your comment. I don’t see how running someone over and then leaving them in the dark street to take thier lasts breaths is not only inhumane but a crime. I just don’t understand the ignorance of people…

  • Aunty Em

    What excuse did he give for running a man down and leaving him to die on the street? I hope the 10K is cash only and that he only comes up with 1K. Let him sit in jail and think about what he’s done.

    • Tim

      Todd: Involuntary Manslaughter and Negligent Homicide are the same thing. Being “scared” is no excuse for leaving the scene of the accident. Joe’s life might have been saved if the driver had called 911 for an ambulance, assuming the 911 call center has people who speak Spanish.

      • Todd Gack

        Where did I say he had some excuse Timmy? You really should learn to read more carefully. That will help you get beyond that Jack in the Box job. And oh, by the way, I was saying involuntary manslaughter or negligent homicide to highlight that it was a negligent killing not an intentional killing nits. And there is also a difference between voluntary and involuntary manslaughter. Got it nits?

  • Tim Jenkins

    Great Job to the Men and Women of the Kirkwood Police Department
    who worked so hard to solve this crime.
    I hope this brings some answers and peace to the family of the gentleman who was taken from his family.
    To the driver who did this I can not write what I think about you because it would not be posted.

  • Al Schmittgens

    Ok Tim Jenkins, I agree with you. We should pay to send this officer out to a very nice and expensive dinner since he won’t accept money.

  • Tim Jenkins

    Mr. Schmittgens, I never said anything about sending the officer out for a very nice expensive dinner, He was doing his job just as every good Police Officer does every day.
    Get your facts straight Al.
    The next time you see a Police Officer where you live you might want to just say thanks for taking care of us.

  • mario garcia

    ok. to everyone from the city of kirkwood. it is very sad what hapened to the man left behind, my condolences to the family.
    just so you all know…mr vazquez is a good man,a good family man that .just hapened to make a very poor desition. he chouse the badone. over all it was a accident,and again no excuses,,,he made the wrong desitio to leave the sceen. he need it to stay and help him. now he has to face whats to come. by the way he is 100% leagal .

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