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Police look for help catching Pr. George's hit-and-run driver

Prince George's County Police are looking for witnesses who can help them find the hit-and-run driver who killed a man on Thursday morning.

County officers responded to a report of a pedestrian struck, finding Asa Fukuhara at around 6 a.m. in the 3000 block of Branch Avenue -- just a block away from his home, they said.

"He was walking to the Metro in the south bound lane when he got struck," said Sgt. Michelle Reety, spokesperson for the Prince George's County police. "We need any witnesses to come forward."

Fukuhara, 32, was an electrical engineer for the U.S. Department of Agriculture whose work involved bringing the Internet and other high tech support to farmers in rural America.

His death sparked a quick reaction at the USDA's headquarters. In a statement, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said "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,” Vilsack said. “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."

-- Hamil R. Harris

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 19, 2010; 2:26 PM ET
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