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Man from Cameroon dies after being hit by 2 cars on Thanksgiving; family searches for answers

ADELPHI, MD. (WUSA9) – On Thursday, many of us celebrated Thanksgiving with our families. A Bowie man did not. 40-year-old Serge Deumeni was struck and killed in Adelphi, MD near New Hampshire and Metzerott Rd.

Deumeni’s family is now pleading for a second driver to come forward as the family continues to search for answers in their loved one’s death.

Prince George’s County Police said Deumeni was hit by two cars trying to cross New Hampshire Ave and Metzerott Rd. at around 7:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving.

Deumeni’s twin brother told WUSA 9, he didn’t know what Serge was doing in the area, but he did say, they were expecting Deumeni later that night. The 40-year-old never showed.

Deumeni’s brother said he got the phone call at around 2 a.m. the next day.

“He has an 18-year-old girl,” said Deumeni’s brother. “She still back in Cameroon, and she’s been crying, and she’s been telling me I’m lying. It’s not true, her father’s not dead.”

Deumeni came from Cameroon, a country in Central Africa, about a year-and-a-half ago. Deumeni’s twin described his brother saying, “He was a sweetheart, very funny guy. Hardworking guy.”

A guy who took-on all kinds of tasks.

The immigrant activists group, CASA de Maryland, confirmed Deumeni was a part of their Day Laborer program. CASA’s Langley Park office is less than two miles from Thursday’s fatal collision.

Police said Deumeni was found deceased in the roadway Thursday night.

He was struck by a car. That driver stopped. But while on the ground, police said he was hit again by a second car — a small sedan that didn’t stop.

Police are still investigating.

It is unclear whether Deumeni was in the crosswalk at the time or when exactly he died. What we do know is: police are searching for that second driver and so is the victim’s family.

“Please, if somebody knows something, please, say something. Please. Say something,” said Deumeni’s brother.

The family is now preparing to fly Deumeni’s body back to Cameroon, where he will be buried.

Prince George’s County Police said there is a chance that second driver did not know they hit a person.

Police have not said yet whether the driver who did stop will face any charges.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Unit at 301-731-4422. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), or go online at www.pgcrimesolvers.com, or use the “P3 Tips” mobile app (search “P3 Tips” in the Apple Store or Google Play to download the app onto your mobile device.)

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8 comments

  1. Rest in Peace My Brother. Very Unfortunate and Untimely Death. May Grant his family peace

  2. Very painful. RIP bro

  3. Go well brother! That road is terrible! The crossing is just too long, sometimes before you even finish crossing the lights are already green and cars thunder down the road like hell! That is Cameroon/Ambazonia area and many of our guys there don’t have doki, reason why his twin brother may not want his face shown on camera. There could be a high probability that the second car was a Cameroonian(their boozing and driving records can only be determined if you visit the county jail). Bowie is about 30 minutes from the scene of the accident. Most Cameroon secuirs(basement bars, usually operated illegally) are situated in and around the scene of the crime. Thursday was Thanksgiving Day and we all know that this day is when Hedonism takes over the American soul! CASA please do something.

    • Vaiocomputers

      You painted a nice picture which is good but chosed the wrong platform.This your thing was supposed to be posted elsewhere.

    • What’s wrong with you? do you actually thing that what ever you are trying to describe there is relevant to this nightmare befalling a family? Shame on you!
      RIP Serge Deumeni!

  4. Sorry ooooooooo.

  5. Very sad indeed!!

  6. RIP papi. At least you died in the line of duty hustling as you have always done. Senator old boy this is not time for all that talk about illegal pay secuirs can we get the facts straight first before jumping into conclusions