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21-year old man charged in fatal Athens hit and run on West Broad Street early Tuesday morning

Scott Rodgerson

A 21-year old man has been arrested and charged in connection to a fatal DUI hit and run in Athens early Tuesday morning.

At around 3:40 am, an Athens-Clarke County Police officer responded to the sound of a vehicle crash on West Broad Street and found a man unresponsive in the road. The pedestrian, identified as 34 year old Michael Kitchen of Madison, was rushed to a local hospital where he died from his injuries.

Subsequent investigations led to the arrest of Benhur Tesfai, hailing from Lilburn, who has been charged with a DUI, vehicular homicide, and hit and run.

Police are continuing to investigate the incident, and authorities have urged anyone with relevant information to reach out to SPO Leis at 762-400-7169 or

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