Inver Grove Heights woman killed in hit-and-run


courtesy of Inver Grove Heights Police Department Haimanot Gebremedhin, 55 of Inver Grove Heights, was killed in a hit-and-run crash Jan. 5 on 80th Street East. Family described her as having been a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.

Alleged driver turns herself in

A 55-year-old woman was killed as a result of a hit-and-run crash Jan. 5 on 80th Street East, near Blaine Avenue in Inver Grove Heights.

The victim was identified as Haimanot Gebremedhin of Inver Grove Heights.

Krystle Aschenaki, Gebremedhin’s daughter-in-law, said in a Jan. 9 interview that while that was not an area Gebremedhin usually walked, it wasn’t uncommon for her to take advantage of nice weather and go for strolls.

According to an Inver Grove Heights police press release, around 5:52 p.m., an officer was flagged down by a passerby who found Gebremedhin. Resuscitation efforts were performed by police, fire and Health East medical personnel but were unsuccessful and she was pronounced dead at the scene.

Aschenaki said Gebremedhin was a devoted mother, wife and grandmother.

“We appreciate the outpour of love and support that we’re getting from the family and community around us,” Aschenaki said.

Just after noon on Jan. 6, police said the driver who allegedly hit Gebremedhin turned herself in. She allegedly told investigators she was the driver that hit and killed Gebremedhin on Jan. 5.

The woman allegedly said she saw a social media post that morning and decided to turn herself in and tell her version of events. She was booked and released to her attorney while police continued to investigate.

Aschenaki did not have any comment for the alleged driver, but asked for people to be mindful when driving so “no one else has to die needlessly.”

Once the investigation is completed, the case will be forwarded to the Dakota County Attorney’s Office, which will decide if the woman will be charged with a crime.

 

--Hannah Burlingame

 

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