Victim, suspect identified in Inver Grove Heights hit-and-run

January 08, 2019 10:42 AM

The Inver Grove Heights Police Department has identified the victim and suspect involved in a hit-and-run Saturday night. 

At approximately 12:43 p.m. Sunday, Breyona Cotton, 30, from Inver Grove Heights turned herself in to the Inver Grove Heights Police Department, according to police. Cotton told investigators she was the driver of the vehicle that struck and killed the victim Saturday night.


The victim has been identified as 55-year-old Haimanot Gebrenedhin from Inver Grove Heights, according to the Inver Grove Heights Police Department. According to the Hennepin County medical examiner, Gebrenedhin's official cause of death was multiple blunt force injuries.

Cotton told police she saw a social media post this morning and decided to turn herself in and tell her version of events.

Authorities say the incident happened on 80th Street, east of Blaine Avenue. 

RELATED: Police investigating fatal hit-and-run in Inver Grove Heights

The release states at approximately 5:52 p.m., an officer was flagged down by a passer-by who found the victim. Resuscitation efforts were performed by police, fire and Health East medical personnel, but were unsuccessful. 

Cotton was booked and released to her attorney while the investigation continues. Upon conclusion of the investigation, the case will be forwarded to the Dakota County Attorney's office for a charging decision. 

"It's a horrible thing," Gebrenedhin's son Tesfaye Aschenaki told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS."I can't put into words how frustrated and angry I am."

Gebrenedhin leaves behind four children, two grand-children, and her husband of 38 years. 

A GoFundMe has been established for Gebrenedhin's family.

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