Hit-and-Run Driver Dragged Body 8 Miles; Charged With Manslaughter


A driver whose vehicle slammed into the rear of a disabled car on Interstate 95 near Washington early Sunday fled in a panic but did not realize he had struck a man and carried his body for more than eight miles, his attorneys said.

The incident killed Fitsum Gebreegziabher, 27, of Toronto, who apparently had stopped with a flat tire on I-95 north of the Franconia Springfield Parkway. There is no shoulder there, said the Washington Post. He was struck about 4 a.m. as he stood behind his Toyota Camry in the left lane.

Josuel P. Galdino, 25, was charged with manslaughter, driving while intoxicated and felony hit and run.

Galdino was driving with a friend after leaving a southeast Washington nightclub. The passenger reported to police the Camry was stopped with no lights or warning flares, and that Galdino’s sport-utility vehicle was not speeding when it crashed into the rear of the Camry.

“They continued to drive. They were very upset,” said Daniel T. Lopez, one of Galdino’s attorneys. He said Galdino “didn’t feel anything dragging beneath the car.”

Gebreegziabher’s body was found near Galdino’s townhouse after it apparently became dislodged from the SUV. At that point Galdino called police.

Link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A20894-2004Mar1.html

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