Car wash employee killed, another hurt after hit by SUV driven by co-worker

Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, December 29, 2010; 11:50 PM

A Rockville car wash employee was fatally struck at work Wednesday and a co-worker was critically injured when a third employee apparently lost control of an SUV as he tried to drive it across a parking lot, Montgomery County police said.

The two men were pinned by the Jeep Grand Cherokee about 5:40 p.m. at the Flagship Carwash in the 700 block of Hungerford Drive, Cpl. Dan Friz said. The Jeep apparently was unoccupied as it moved through the automated car wash, Friz said. When the wash ended, an employee tried to drive the SUV to the drying area.

The Jeep suddenly shot across the lot, striking Gavino Euseda, 48, of Hyattsville and Oscar Eusebio, 44, of Northwest Washington, and the vehicle dragged both men across a two-lane road, Friz said. The SUV then slammed the men into a telephone pole support wire and crashed into a curb.

The victims were pinned under the vehicle and had to be removed by rescuers. Euseda died at a hospital about an hour later, Friz said. Eusebio was in critical but stable condition. Police identified the driver as Julio Cesar Coreas-Portillo, 27, of Silver Spring.

The investigation continued Wednesday night, Friz said.

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