Driver sought in Roswell Rd. fatal hit-and-run


Lanzhen Pan, a 67-year-old refugee died after a crash on Roswell Road on Tuesday night.

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. - Sandy Springs police are searching for the driver of an SUV who struck and killed a woman walking on Roswell Road.

Lanzhen Pan died after the crash Tuesday night. She and her husband were Chinese emigrants living in a nearby senior living high-rise.

"Everybody here loved her. She was one of those really nice people we loved working with, helping and being friends with," said Tamara Carrera, executive director of the Community Assistance Center in Sandy Springs.

She said Pan, a 67-year-old refugee, often frequented the center.

"Her and her husband have been coming here for English classes.  They really, really want to learn the language and were making a huge effort," Carrera told Channel 2’s Mike Petchenik.

Carrerra believes Pan may have been heading to the center Tuesday night for a class when someone hit her while turning onto Hightower Trail off Roswell Road. She died in the hospital overnight.

"It's really, really sad. It's something that saddens us in our heart," Carrera said.

Police described the car as a dark-colored SUV and said there was a passenger in the car.

"Once we take the person into custody or at least talk to the person who may have been driving the suspect vehicle we'll have a better idea of what charges need to be filed at that point," Sandy Springs Police Capt. Keith Zgonc said.

Carrera wants the driver to come forward.

"You need to face the reality.  Escaping isn't the solution," she said.

She also said she plans to meet with Sandy Springs leaders to discuss concerns that Roswell Road isn’t safe enough for senior citizens to use. She wants the city to make the road more pedestrian-friendly.