Still no charges in man's hit-and-run death
We're learning more about the man killed Sunday night on the Key Bridge.
Twenty-three-year-old Eliester Pineda leaves behind a young wife, a 22-month-old son. Pineda worked two jobs, seven days a week in all, to provide for his family. He recently bought his mother a home in his native Guatemala.
"I'm sad! And my family is sad," said his brother, Edis Pineda. "He was a good man. He was working hard and he was wonderful."
Police believe Pineda was walking his disabled moped across the key bridge into Virginia on his way home from work around 10:30 p.m. when "he was struck by a silver Mercury SUV," said D.C. police Commander Michael Reese. "The silver Mercury SUV did not stop, and fled into Virginia."
Twenty minutes later, Maryland State Police saw an SUV swerving and driving on its rims on I 270 at Montrose Road.
The driver, 40-year-old Anthony Randolph, of Germantown was charged with driving under the influence. Randolph has not been charged in connection with Pineda's death. Montgomery County police said they were seeking a warrant.
Coincidentally, a D.C. police officer responding to the Key Bridge accident was himself struck by a car. The driver, identified by police as 37-year-old Seung Min Yang of Alexandria, was also charged with DUI.
Eliester Pineda worked at two Georgetown restaurants, Tony and Joe's and Martin's Tavern, where he was remembered as a popular food runner. The restaurant is a family, said Martin's owner Billy Martin, who have lost one of their own.
"When I reached out to the family, I told them I felt like I knew what they were going through because it was like losing a son because he's been with us for so long," Martin said.
Pineda's employers are raising money to give him a burial in his native Guatemala.
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