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Maryland Woman Convicted of Negligent Homicide, In Fatal Crash Near Dupont Circle | Crime

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Maryland Woman Convicted of Negligent Homicide, In Fatal Crash Near Dupont Circle

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WASHINGTON - Jorida Davidson, 31, of Chevy Chase, Maryland, was convicted by a jury of negligent homicide and other charges stemming from a traffic accident in October 2010 that killed a woman near Dupont Circle.


According to the government’s evidence, on October 7, 2010, at about 1:30 a.m., Davidson was operating a 2000 Lexus sport utility vehicle heading northbound on Connecticut Avenue NW, just south of Dupont Circle. She was driving in a lane that would take her into a tunnel that goes under Dupont Circle. At almost the last possible instant, the defendant rapidly changed lanes to avoid going into the tunnel, shifting to a non-tunnel lane on Connecticut Avenue.


       At about the same time, the victim, Kiela Ryan, 24, was exiting from a legally parked car on the right side of the street. The defendant hit Ms. Ryan - making no attempt to brake or sound her horn - and then kept driving. An eyewitness got on a bicycle, pursued Davidson’s vehicle and observed the defendant and made a mental note of her car’s tag number.


         The verdict followed a trial in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. The jury was unable to reach a verdict on a charge of voluntary manslaughter, but convicted Davidson of the charge of negligent homicide. The jury also convicted Davidson of charges of leaving the scene of a collision involving injury and driving while under the influence of alcohol.


         The Honorable Lynn Leibovitz ordered Davidson jailed pending sentencing on September 9, 2011. Davidson faces up to five years in prison on the negligent homicide charge. She faces up to six months in jail for leaving the scene of a collision involving injury, along with a fine of up to $500, and up to 90 days in jail and a fine of up to $300 for driving while under the influence.