June 28, 2011

Chevy Chase Driver Found Guilty of Negligence Homicide in Washington DC Car Crash that Killed Howard County Woman

by Lebowitz & Mzhen

A jury has found Jorida Davidson guilty of negligent homicide, driving under the influence, and leaving the scene after a crash in the DC car accident that claimed the life of Kiela Ryan. The 24-year-old traffic crash victim died after Davidson, struck her just south of Dupont Circle on October 7, 2010. October 7 just south of Dupont Circle. The Chevy Chase driver then fled the hit-and-run crash site.

Prosecutors had accused Davidson of driving drunk when she hit Ryan, who was emerging from a parked car at the time. Meantime, Davidson’s lawyer argued that she wasn’t inebriated when the collision happened. They also say that she did not report the DC pedestrian accident because she was suffered post-traumatic stress disorder and amnesia—a fallout from watching her dad die from a heart attack, her mother succumb to breast cancer, and growing up in war-torn Albania. When police later found her SUV, Davidson was slumped in the driver’s seat. She also failed two sobriety tests.

Washington DC Car Crashes
Even if a driver did not intend to hurt you or your loved one, the motorist can still be found guilty in criminal court and held liable for your DC personal injuries. Drivers have a responsibility to operate a vehicle safely and if they cannot do so then they should not get behind the steering wheel of any car.

Car accidents can lead to fatal injuries and there is no reason why you or your loved one should have to pay for your medical bills and other losses and related costs because someone else was careless, reckless, or made a mistake. Do not hesitate to speak with an experienced Washington DC injury law firm. Even if the accident was a hit-and-run crash and the driver has not been located, there still may be a lot that your personal injury lawyer can do to help you.

Chevy Chase woman guilty of negligent homicide in drunken driving case, Washington Post, June 21, 2011

Woman Found Guilty in Dupont Circle Hit-and-Run, NBC Washington, June 21, 2011


Related Web Resources:
Traffic Accidents FAQ, Nolo

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety



More Blog Posts:

Woman Killed in Dupont Circle Car Accident in Washington DC, Washington DC Injury Lawyer, October 13, 2010

Maryland Car Accident Lawsuits: Should Bars Be Held Liable For Serving Drunk Drivers Alcohol?, Maryland Accident Law Blog, June 27, 2011

Baltimore Personal Injury News: Maryland Man Allegedly Driving Drunk Goes Wrong Way, Hits Second Vehicle, Maryland Car Accident Attorney Blog, June 26, 2011