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Hit-and-run driver 'did not recall' crash

Paul Duggan

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.

By Paul Duggan  | October 8, 2010; 6:10 PM ET
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That's why there are laws against drinking and driving. This is not the first time she has done so and she needs to go to jail! Sober up in prison! Then, the victims family should file a civil law suit for wrongful death!

Posted by: whatsreallygoingon | October 8, 2010 8:06 PM | Report abuse

She can't remember and I'm Halle Berry

Posted by: msdooby1 | October 8, 2010 8:58 PM | Report abuse

The girl killed was a good friend of one of my good friend's daughter. I got the grisly details of this senseless death from my friend. While I sometimes think that society punishes the .07-.08 driver too severely, this woman obviously blacked out while driving - we are talking about a blood alcohol level well in excess of .22 to get that way - she was practically comatose - or she knowingly lied to try to mitigate leaving the scene. What is even more appalling about this is that she could have easily left her vehicle downtown and taken a fairly short cab ride, from an area filled with cabs, that would have cost her at most, $16 (including tip). She obviously also had the presense of mind to refuse a breathalyzer which I find even more reprehensible. It is quite apparent she knew she was far above the limit and wished to try to mitigate her legal culpability and avoid personal responsibility. I can't think of anyone more deserving of jail time.

Posted by: fwillyhess | October 8, 2010 11:38 PM | Report abuse

Over .22 is probably classified as sober in Albania. Ten years minimum in jail if not life.

Posted by: veloboldie | October 9, 2010 5:48 AM | Report abuse

Hey velboldie -

This is not Albania or any other European country where the drinking age starts at 17. This woman was drunk when she killed an innocent person. She drives home in this condition and blacks out.

Yes, she does need to go to jail for a few years and will probably get out in 3 years. She needs rehab too-hopefully one that Lindsay Lohan wasn't in.

Posted by: jmlinovitz | October 9, 2010 8:46 AM | Report abuse

She doesn't remember. Sounds like she has lawyered up and is building a defense. Throw the book at her. There is absolutely no excuse for society to continue to put up with this nonsense.
Drink yourself blind lady, into a coma, but do it at home and not behind the wheel of a car!

Posted by: menopausequeen | October 9, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse

She will get out of the country as soon as she can figure out how. They should have put her in jail in addition to taking her passport.

Posted by: Special_One40 | October 9, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

I certainly don't have all the facts, but reports seemed to indicate that the biker (who managed to successfully record her license plate) also witnessed her tap the brakes then blow through red lights in leaving the scene. Also some indication that the vehicle might have been cleaned of some evidence prior to being taken by police. Lack of recollection doesn't sound like it will hold water, but regardless the case sounds very strong for a very harsh sentence, and appropriately so.

Posted by: speculation | October 9, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

It doesn't take anywhere near an hour to get from Dupont Circle to Chevy Chase, and she was still behind the wheel when the police showed up? Fishy.

Posted by: Voter4Integrity | October 9, 2010 10:38 PM | Report abuse

For someone who didn't remember what happened she certainly knew enough to refuse a breathalyzer.
With so much evidence against her they probably won't even need it to convict.
Just once I'd like for a defendant to stand up and say "this was a terrible accident and in no way intentional. but i made a life-changing decision to drink and drive and take full responsibility"

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | October 10, 2010 8:14 AM | Report abuse

If the penalty were more severe for ANY level alcohol, then maybe it would serve as a deterrent for anyone to get behind the wheel. Too bad they can't connect the ignition to an alcohol sensor when you get in the it won't start if you have been drinking.

Posted by: ItsOnlyMyView | October 13, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

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