Police Searching for Hit-and-Run Driver

Victim wasn't wearing particularly dark clothing, should have been visible, police said

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    Police in Prince George's County are looking for the driver who struck and killed a man and then drove off.

    Asa Fukuhara, 32, was struck at approximately 6 a.m., while walking southbound in the 3000 block of Branch Ave. in Suitland, Md. He was walking in the street, about a half-mile from his home, because there was about 2 feet of snow and ice on the sidewalk, police said.

    Fukuhara wasn't wearing particularly dark clothing, so he should have been visible, but the car hit him and kept on going, according to the reporting officers. Fukuhara, who worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, was killed on impact and pronounced dead on the way to the hospital.

    Fukuhara will be missed by colleagues, according to a statement released by USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack:

    "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."

    Police say they don't have a good description of the vehicle or the driver, but said people should be looking for a vehicle with front-end damage.