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Traffic Fatality in the 600 Block of Florida Avenue, NW

Monday, November 13, 2006
A 23-year-old Northwest man has been charged with DWI and negligent homicide in the Sunday night crash.

At approximately 10:25 pm, on Sunday, November 12, 2006, a 2004 Honda Pilot Sports Utility Vehicle was reportedly traveling westbound in the 600 block of Florida Avenue, NW.  At 6th Street and Florida Avenue, NW, the Honda Pilot struck the rear of a 1999 Honda Civic, which was stopped at the traffic signal at that location, before striking the front of a building located at 605 Florida Avenue, NW. 

As a result of the impact, a male passenger seated in the rear of the Honda Civic was ejected from the vehicle. That victim, who has been identified as 37-year-old Yonas Gebrehi, of the unit block of Buchannan Street in Mt. Rainier, Maryland, was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for the District of Columbia, where he was pronounced dead. A male passenger seated in the front of the Honda Civic was transported to the Washington Hospital Center’s MedStar Unit, where he was pronounced dead at 11:40 am on Monday, November 13. That second victim has been identified as 30-year-old Simon Asfaha, of the 6000 block of 7th Street, NW.  The operator of the Honda Civic, who has been identified as 38-year-old Mussie Tesfahunie Yohannes, of the 1800 block of M Street, NE, was transported to an area hospital and admitted in stable condition.

The operator of the Honda Pilot, who has been identified as 23-year-old Jesus Flores-Cardenas, of the 1300 block of Randolph Street, NW, was transported to an area hospital and admitted in stable condition. He has been charged with Driving While Intoxicated and Negligent Homicide in connection with this crash.

The two occupants who were in the building at the time it was struck were reportedly uninjured. That building was subsequently deemed uninhabitable by inspectors from the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs.