Pedestrian Killed In Hit And Run; Deep Sidewalk Snow A Possible Factor

4:46 PM, Feb 18, 2010   |    comments
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HILLCREST HEIGHTS, Md. (WUSA) -- Prince George's County Police are investigating a fatal hit-and-run pedestrian accident in which deep snow on a sidewalk might have been a factor.

Police spokesperson Sgt. Michelle Reedy said the victim, Asa Le Fukuhara, 32, of the 3000 block of Branch Avenue, was walking southbound on his street near Naylor Road at about 6:00 a.m. Thursday when he was struck by a southbound vehicle.

Sgt. Reedy said Fukuhara, who was pronounced dead at the scene, was walking to the Branch Avenue Metro station on his way to work at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Sgt. Reedy said two feet of snow on the sidewalk probably forced Fukuhara to walk in the street.

The driver fled the scene and police do not have a description of the striking vehicle. The investigation is continuing. 

Police are asking anyone with information about the collision to call their investigators at 866-411-TIPS.

Branch Avenue was shut down between Suitland Parkway and Southern Avenue, snarling traffic.

Thursday afternoon USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack issued the following statement: 

"We are saddened by the loss today of Asa Fukuhara, a member of the USDA and Rural Development family. Asa was one of our engineers in the Northern Engineering Branch working in the Telecom Division of Rural Utilities Service. The enthusiasm and energy he brought to his work is regarded as exemplary and most certainly appreciated by his many friends here at USDA. He will be missed for his can-do attitude and congenial manner among co-workers and clients. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family." 

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