Hit-and-run driver 'did not recall' crash
About an hour after a woman celebrating her 24th birthday was fatally struck by a hit-and-run driver near Dupont Circle early Thursday, police found the suspect sitting in her damaged Lexus in a parking garage five miles away, "incapacitated and apparently under the influence of alcohol," according to a court affidavit.
The alleged driver, Jorida Davidson, 30, of Chevy Chase in Montgomery County, told police that "she did not recall being in a crash," the affidavit says.
Davidson was charged with voluntary manslaughter Friday and entered no plea in a brief appearance before a D.C. Superior Court judge. She was released on home-detention with electronic monitoring pending a preliminary hearing Oct. 28. Authorities said they intend to file additional charges in the case later.
Superior Court sentencing guidelines call for a prison term of 4 to 10 years for a first-offender convicted of voluntary manslaughter.
The victim, Kiela Ryan, of Columbia in Howard County, turned 24 on Wednesday. She was struck by a northbound sport-utility vehicle near Connecticut Avenue and N Street NW, just south of Dupont Circle, about 1:30 a.m. Thursday after she stepped from the driver's seat of a legally parked car in the 1300 block of Connecticut, police said.
Ryan "became airborne and was projected approximately 21 feet into the rear of a parked car," according to the affidavit, written by D.C. police and filed in Superior Court. She suffered massive injuries and died at George Washington University Hospital.
As the black SUV continued north on Connecticut after the collision, police said, a bicyclist followed the vehicle and noted its Maryland tag number. With that information, Montgomery police said, they found Davidson at the wheel of her Lexus SUV in the parking garage of her Chevy Chase residence, a high-rise apartment building at 4601 North Park Ave.
"The keys for the vehicle were in her hand but the engine was not running," the affidavit says. "There was damage on the right front bumper, hood, headlight, quarter panel and right side of the vehicle between the two doors, consistent with the vehicle striking both the victim and the vehicle that she exited from."
After failing three field sobriety tests and declining to take a breath test, Davidson was charged in Montgomery with driving while intoxicated and released to await a court appearance, court documents say. She surrendered to D.C. police Friday morning.
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