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Charges dropped in Reid's wife's crash

A Fairfax County judge on Wednesday dismissed a reckless driving charge against a truck driver who rear-ended a minivan carrying Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid's wife and daughter, ruling there was no proof the truck driver had done anything wrong.

Landra G. Reid, 69, suffered a broken neck, broken back and broken nose in the March 11 accident on northbound Interstate 95 near the Fairfax County Parkway. Lana R. Barringer, 49, had a neck injury and facial lacerations. Both are recovering and were present in court on Wednesday.

In a traffic pileup near the "mixing bowl," their car was struck by an 18-wheel tractor-trailer driven by Alan W, Snader, 59, of Franklin, Ohio.

But Snader told a Virginia State Police trooper that the Reids had suddenly cut in front of him just before the collision. Barringer, who was driving a 2005 Honda Odyssey minivan, denied that.

Defense lawyer Brendan D. Harold argued that there was no proof that Snader had done anything wrong, and that under Virginia case law the mere fact of a collision is not proof of a crime.

Harold said he had an independent witness who corroborated Snader's version. But he didn't need to call the witness. Fairfax General District Court Judge Ian M. O'Flaherty granted Harold's motion to dismiss the case, saying prosecutors hadn't proved that Snader caused the accident.

-- Tom Jackman

By Tom Jackman  |  June 30, 2010; 2:35 PM ET
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Lucky for Snader he wasn't in a Potomac court with Judge Brian Kim who's awed by celebrities and "big names."

He threw out the case against Wonder Woman for her dogs' nuisance barking and would have ruled in favor of a senator's wife and thrown the book at Snader.

Posted by: checkered1 | June 30, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

I get tailgated by trucks all the time. They pay the same fines as a small car driver so why should a big truck care.

Posted by: jercha | June 30, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

"Do you know who I am? Do you know who I AM??"

Posted by: screwjob16 | June 30, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

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