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IN THE NEWS
Susanna Goihman, the Philadelphia restaurant owner whose 2002 Lexus struck and killed 15-year-old Kayla Peter on June 19, surrendered to police yesterday on a single charge of leaving the scene of a fatal accident. The charge was filed, according to District Attorney Lynne M. Abraham, to ensure that Goihman, a Venezuelan national, would not flee the country. More serious charges remain possible as the investigation continues, she said.
--Thomas J. Gibbons Jr., Joseph A. Slobodzian and Jacqueline Soteropoulos
"Goihman surrenders in fatal hit-and-run"
Philadelphia Inquirer, Aug. 23, 2005
My wife, Peggy, and I live in Center City Philadelphia, a block off the town's hottest area, South Street. New restaurants open up all the time.
In the late 1990s a Caracas-born restaurateur named Susanna Goihman opened an elegant little "Nuevo Latino" BYOB neighborhood eatery a block-and-a-half from our house. She named it Azafran, the Spanish word for saffron. Azafran was well reviewed by the food critics and eventually ranked as Philadelphia's 49th most popular restaurant by www.tripadvisor.com.
On the night of June 19, 2005, 15-year-old Kayla Peter was killed by a hit-and-run driver on Ridge Avenue in the East Falls section of Philadelphia.
Three days later as the result of a tip to police, the car that ran down the pretty, popular teenage girl was identified as a 2002 white Lexus SX 430.
The owner of the Lexus was Susanna Goihman.
For more than a month, angry but orderly protesters picketed Goihman's home and congregated outside Azafran handing out leaflets and urging passers-by not to patronize the place. Goihman left town for Miami to be with family.
On advice of counsel, Goihman hunkered down, said nothing and admitted nothing.
Two months later, on Aug. 19, Goihman showed up at Philadelphia Police Headquarters. Relieved of her Venezuelan passport and responding to a warrant charging her with leaving the scene of a fatal accident, she surrendered to Homicide Unit Detective Stephen J. Vivarina.