Friday, September 7, 2012

Fitsum Abrha Gebretatios Husband of Virginia hit-and-run victim found dead in nearby creek

The husband of a woman killed in a hit-and-run in Herndon was found dead in a creek near the scene of the incident, and police said they consider him to be a person of interest in her death.

About 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, officers found 32-year-old Fitsum Abrha Gebretatios in a creek that runs parallel to Center Street through woods and brush, Herndon police said. An autopsy will determine his cause of death.

Just after midnight that day, police went to the 600 block of Center Street and found Simret Tekle Woldetensae, 35, in a parking lot for the residence where she and her husband lived. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Shortly after Woldetensae was struck, a 2007 black Toyota Camry belonging to her husband struck a vehicle parked on Center Street, causing three other vehicles to be damaged as well, Herndon police spokesman Lt. Ron Thunman said.

Police have not yet determined if the Toyota ran over Woldetensae and whether Gebretatios was driving the car Wednesday morning.

The couple, who both lived on the block where the hit-and-run occurred, have three young children who have been turned over to Child Protective Services. The Toyota is being processed for evidence.