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Deadly hit-and-run in D.C.

A Columbia woman struck by an SUV in a hit-and-run near Dupont Circle overnight has died of her injuries, D.C. police said.

Officer Istmania Bonilla, a police spokeswoman, said the victim had parked her car in the 1300 block of Connecticut Avenue at about 1:30 a.m. and was exiting the vehicle when she was hit by the SUV. Police identified her as Kiela M. Ryan, 24, of the 6900 block of Knighthood Lane.

A bicyclist pursued the SUV long enough to note its license plate, and passed the information on to police, police said.

D.C. and Montgomery County police said they located the SUV and the alleged driver in the Chevy Chase area of the county before dawn Thursday. Montgomery police Cpl. Dan Friz said county police charged Jorida Davidson, 30, of the 4600 block of North Park Avenue in Chevy Chase with driving while intoxicated.

Davidson was processed at the county police station in Bethesda and released to await a court appearance on the DWI charge, Friz said. Meanwhile, D.C. police are continuing the investigation of the hit-and-run and intend to file separate charges in that incident, D.C. police spokeswoman Gwendolyn Crump said.

In Chevy Chase, Friz said, officers tracking the plate number to the address on North Park Avenue found Davidson behind the wheel of the SUV. he said the engine was not running and no key was in the ignition. Later at the Bethesda police station, Friz said, Davidson refused to take a breath test.

The collision was in the outer, northbound lane of Connecticut Avenue, parallel to the underpass where the central lanes of Connecticut dip below Dupont Circle.

As of 9 a.m., all Dupont Circle lanes were open, according to the D.C. Department of Transportation.

This item has been updated since it was first published.

-- Paul Duggan, Dan Morse, Debbi Wilgoren and Matt Zapotosky

By Washington Post Editors  | October 7, 2010; 9:05 AM ET
Categories:  Matt Zapotosky, The District, Traffic Accidents  
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The HERO is our bike rider!!

Posted by: clifton3 | October 7, 2010 9:22 AM | Report abuse

Don't want to presume but why didn't the driver stop? Drinking and driving?
Condolences to the victim and their family.

Posted by: luvdc808 | October 7, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Isn't that the same intersection where an SUV ran over a scooterist this summer?

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | October 7, 2010 9:31 AM | Report abuse

The bike rider deserves an award for going beyond the call of duty; however, the Lexus SUV driver deserves the longest prison sentence - hopefully life in prison for killing this woman. Speed was probably an issue and possibly alcohol and drugs although she/he may have been texting or on the cell phone and oblivious to their driving accident. Pathetic!

Posted by: davidmswyahoocom | October 7, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Of course the driver should have stopped, but it doesn't sound like he/she was necessarily at fault for the accident. It is possible that the victim got out of the car without verifying that she had time/space to do so.

My condolences to the victim's family.

Posted by: jenwales | October 7, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

G_o_G, yes I believe that is approximately the same location. Although I think the scooter collision occurred in the intersection of Connecticut & N, while pictures posted elsewhere (e.g. TBD.com) suggest that last night's hit&run happened mid-block, not in an intersection.

Posted by: gasdorian | October 7, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Yes, we know the "run" part is a crime but without more we don't know if the "hit" was a crime or just a terrible accident.

Posted by: ah___ | October 7, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

The bike rider deserves an award for going beyond the call of duty; however, the Lexus SUV driver deserves the longest prison sentence - hopefully life in prison for killing this woman. Speed was probably an issue and possibly alcohol and drugs although she/he may have been texting or on the cell phone and oblivious to their driving accident. Pathetic!

Posted by: davidmswyahoocom
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No need to even have an investigation or a trial. You have the case all wrapped up counselor. Pathetic.....

Posted by: johnfchick1 | October 7, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Props to the bicyclist who showed bravery and civic responsibility in this unfortunate incident.

Posted by: mac4700 | October 7, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

This smells of a high-profile woman who may have been drinking and chose not to stop. It makes me wonder why her name has not yet been released by now.

Posted by: Anglo_Rider | October 7, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Anglo -- Right on. I was thinking the same. Lexus SUV, high rise in Chevy Chase. Money, money, money.....I'll bet she has a lawyer on retainer.

Posted by: Baltimore11 | October 7, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Wait a minute...you can't assume it was a wealthy caucasian woman just because the vehicle was found at a highrise in Chevy Chase. That's being racist!

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | October 7, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Some of you are referring to the driver of the SUV as a woman - how do you know? That information does not appear in this article.

Kudos to the cyclist for getting the license plate number. Sounds like they may also have been a witness to the event, so hopefully can provide details of what happened, too (did the victim use care when exiting her vehicle, was the driver speeding or driving erratically, did the driver stop or pause after the hit - indicating they were aware they'd hit someone/something).

Posted by: JCatts | October 7, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Second consecutive month, when a so called "law abiding citizen" from Maryland has mowed a person down in NW Washington with their vehicle. Once again as in the U Street incident, this accident occurred in an area that has numerous bars and clubs. I have always stated and I will continue to state that suburbanites seek out DC for their drinking and partying(and driving) because they feel our laws can be violated. I am tempted to start a blog tracking and posting crimes in DC and the residences of the culprits who violate DC laws for the community to be aware of.

Posted by: MadasH | October 7, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

amazing how much speculation there is in some of these posts, on the strength of this spare article . . .a drinking 'high-profile' woman-driver; alcohol; drugs; texting . . . .maybe yes to some of this, but who really knows at this point ??

have not seen anyone blame illegal aliens, Barack Obama, or Martian invaders. . .that's coming, I'm sure

Posted by: joelcavicchia | October 7, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

The dead woman was herself driving a Mercedes and had been out celebrating her birthday. I guess that means that she is also a wealthy white woman who was drinking and probably also lives in Chevy Chase.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | October 7, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

MadasH,

First, many places in MoCo are as or more densely populated than DC, and a few years DC will be the suburb totally surrounded by real cities. And those of us in the surrounding neo-urban areas have our share of gripes about DC lame-o's invading our spaces b/c you people can't do basic things like go shopping.

Second, the lame operating hours of the metro system contribute to a lot of people resorting to cars in all the urban areas with night life. I am happy DC props up the (sort of) late night serice on Fridays and Saturdays, but please, midnight closings on weekdays?

Posted by: Wallenstein | October 7, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

First of all before I make my comment I am not excusing the driver's actions. But I have almost hit someone or knocked off their door many times in dc when someone just jumps out their car w/o paying attention to oncoming traffic. People need to be more aware of their surroundings!! Before jumping out the car look out your side and rearview mirror to check if any cars are coming. And those who are walking and bike riding PLEASE don't just walk out in the street without looking both ways. Don't assume someone sees you and just start walking out. And to drivers PLEASE be aware of your surroundings too!! Its DC, a city, so you have to be cautious and alert at all times.

Posted by: mimi5251 | October 7, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Wallenstein, I wonder why the Lexus driver didn't stay in their real city to party?

Posted by: sugarstreet | October 7, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

My condolences to the victim's family.

My props to the biker.

To the speculating commenters, and those hating on DC/non-DC residents: You make me wish that guy from Office Space had gone ahead with his idea of making a mat with a bunch of conclusions that you could jump to. Perhaps then you'd sit at home with your mats, happily jumping to your conclusions, and keep this foolishness off public internet spaces.

Posted by: sbdc2 | October 7, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

A person who witnesses a hit and run and notes the license plate number of the vehicle leaving the scene is known as a good citizen, not a hero. It is your duty as a neighbor and decent person to act that way. It is completely irrelevant that the person was on a bicycle. Everybody with their special group. So, from a rational perspective, it is not "hero bicyclist notes license plate", it is "good citizen notes license plate".

Posted by: mr14sunshine | October 7, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

The woman hit was a friend of mine and for you people to assume makes me sick. You know none of the details. You want to jump to conclusions. Thank you to the bike rider and I hope that whom ever did this is brought up on charges.

Posted by: jdest1977 | October 7, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

@mr14sunshine...

Agreed that a person who notes a license tag is not necessarily a hero but the fact that they were on a bicycle is actually relevant because they couldn't have chased them down without it. That's why they're being described as bicyclist.

Posted by: flamingcissy | October 7, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

I'm not sure what the objection is, because it's now known that the driver of the SUV was a woman who has refused a breathalyzer.

Regarding hero status. Had it been me on the bike, I bet initially it would have felt heroic, but once the moment died down I would have felt that I was only doing my duty. So, yeah: agreed. It's a duty.

Posted by: sugarstreet | October 7, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

I had heard on Channel 4 this morning that the driver was a woman, but I had not heard that she had refused a breathalyser.

My supposition is taking shape.

Posted by: Anglo_Rider | October 7, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

To the family and jdest, sorry for your loss.

Posted by: mcaicedo | October 7, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

"The SUV and its female driver have since been located in Montgomery County, according to police, who did not say whether any charges had been filed."
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Sad case indeed, but ... Exhibit A of how murders and crime are sometimes misleading. Interesting that the USA counts the 9/11 attacks as foreign-caused, but we don't do the same for last nights case.

Add the VA Tech murders to Fairfax County's county, since that's where the killer was from. Add the UVA murder to Montgomery County's count for the same reason. And add last nights murder (it is cause she died of non-natural causes) to Montgomery County's count.

Not where it happened that tells the story, but a hit and run in DC be4 racing back to Montgomery County is a DC crime?

Posted by: morrisday1 | October 7, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

WTOP.com is reporting that the SUV driver was identified, arrested and charged with DUI. http://www.wtop.com/?nid=596&sid=2072457

Posted by: Daffodil123 | October 7, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

@mr14sunshine:

He's being considered a hero because he chased the car for several blocks on his bicycle. Jotting down a license number is one thing, trying to catch the driver is another.

Posted by: Elkay1 | October 7, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

"I am tempted to start a blog tracking and posting crimes in DC and the residences of the culprits who violate DC laws"

Please go ahead, and while your at it, in the name of fairness, post the other way too. DC residents committing crimes in Md or Va.

I'd be willing to bet a week's pay on which list is longer.

Posted by: BEEPEE | October 7, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Anglo -- Right on. I was thinking the same. Lexus SUV, high rise in Chevy Chase. Money, money, money.....I'll bet she has a lawyer on retainer.

Posted by: Baltimore11 | October 7, 2010 10:46 AM |
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Got jealousy?

Posted by: lingering_lead | October 7, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

There's no excuse for the driver to hit and run and this was a terrible incident. However, that narrow space leading to Dupont Circle is very dangerous for people exiting cars. It is entirely possible that the victim stumbled out of the car and was hit. Nevertheless, the driver of the Lexus should face serious charges for not stopping, at a minimum.

Posted by: PepperDr | October 7, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

The drunk driver is the PR person for the National Albanian American Coalition. Ouch.

Posted by: lingering_lead | October 7, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

sbdc2,

I love the movie "Office Space"...have we all not been there a few times over the years?
How many pieces of flare you wearing today? Pursuing my dream of doing nothing...great stuff!
This is a tragic situation. Someone lost a life over the thoughtlessness of a person choosing to drive under the influence. Just no winners here.
I'm sure the driver didn't intend to injure, let alone kill someone. But as my mom used to say "Very little good takes place in a bar."...talk about words of wisdom.

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | October 7, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

She was drunk which was the reason she probably ran. Such a sad story, so sorry for the victims family :-(

Posted by: claudiahowardfha | October 7, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

May God be with the Ryan family and their friends in this difficult time.

The victim was an innocent beautiful young professional whose life was cut short due to an ignorant person whom did not have the decency to stop or even call for help. The driver of the hit and run vehicle should be prosecuted to the fullest extent! Stopping and/or calling 911 at the second the victim was hit, could have saved the victims life! Shame on the driver for turning this families life upside down for thinking they can get away with a crime! God bless the citizen for chasing this heartless criminal so justice may be served! Kelia was a good friend, daughter, sister and aunt who will be missed dearly. May jsutice be served so she can rest at peace!

Posted by: friend12 | October 7, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Wait a minute...you can't assume it was a wealthy caucasian woman just because the vehicle was found at a highrise in Chevy Chase. That's being racist!

Posted by: BigDaddy651


Wow, now you get it huh? It took stereotyping a white person before you are willing to acknowledge however sarcastically that its wrong.

Posted by: ged0386 | October 7, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

BEEPEE

You would lose. If you actually had a clue about DC people, which you dont, you would know that even the DC criminals know not to go to VA starting trouble. Its a commonwealth state and they will fry your butt for any serious criminal act. You must not be from here and get your information from WP metro crime reports like most of these bloggers. But keep guessing. You sound like a real bright person.

Posted by: ged0386 | October 7, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

It was meant in a thoroughly sarcastic manner.
Sadly, based upon geography certain assumptions really are not much of a stretch. It's just an unfortunate reality.

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | October 7, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

BP is definitely wrong. Among others, it's a matter of sheer numbers. DC residents tend not to leave the city to go to bars and restaurants. Especially if they also work here. doy.

Posted by: sugarstreet | October 7, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

The common thread between this tragedy and the one in Adams Morgan last month - and countless others - is the fact that an intoxicated person's impaired operation of a motor vehicle turned it into a deadly weapon. Whether the drivers are decent, upstanding people otherwise has been rendered irrelevant by the awful choice each made to operate a motor vehicle while intoxicated. By that act, each has irreparably damaged many lives, including their own.

There are just too, too many tragic incidents resulting from drunk driving. I think it is time to seriously look into mandating ignition systems that can assess impairment (I know there is some technology for this) and prevent the impaired person from operating the vehicle.

Posted by: nan_lynn | October 7, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

amazing how much speculation there is in some of these posts, on the strength of this spare article . . .a drinking 'high-profile' woman-driver; alcohol; drugs; texting . . . .maybe yes to some of this, but who really knows at this point ??

have not seen anyone blame illegal aliens, Barack Obama, or Martian invaders. . .that's coming, I'm sure

Posted by: joelcavicchia |


This is what happens when you give idiots anonymity. They can be idiots without the embarrassment. So they say stupid things that they normally would not say around people. Why? Because they would look like idiots. Isnt the internet blog a beautiful thing?

Posted by: ged0386 | October 7, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

And yet, GED, you continue to post.

Posted by: sugarstreet | October 7, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

all of these comments are making sick. who cares if she was a rich white women, she's dead now all bc someone was paying attention on the road. All Keila was doing was out celebrating her birthday and now she's dead. And to all of you who call her just a women she has a name she's a person just like us but now she's dead. Keila was my sisters best friend so maybe you should think about what your comments actually mean to people who read them. All you of you who semi blame her for what has happened should be ashamed of yourself!

Posted by: cmbaty5 | October 7, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

My one piece of advice to grieving relatives and friends - please do not come to message boards expecting to find solace. I feel for you and your loss, but I did not know the deceased and therefore cannot provide the sympathy and quiet and peace you desperately need at this time. God willing you can find it elsewhere.

Posted by: sugarstreet | October 7, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

She can't be guilty. She's a white woman !!!

Posted by: mitlen | October 7, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

"She can't be guilty. She's a white woman !!!"

... referring to the perp.

Posted by: mitlen | October 7, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

I'm grateful that someone kind saw something unjust and wrong and did something about it. Kiela was my friend and I'm glad that someone helped her and her family. Thank you, anonymous bike rider.

Posted by: erinmcc8 | October 7, 2010 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Kiela will be dearly missed and am thankful to have known her. She was a vibrant, fun women and there was never a boring moment when she was around. She could make alsmot anyone laugh and always had a smile on her beautiful face. She was loved by many and loved many!

I hope everyone can take something from this tragedy as it has broken my heart and the hearts of many.

DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE! Don't speed, especially in the city and stay off your phone!

Posted by: friend12 | October 8, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Kiela was a beautiful person, daughter to Frances and Rocky, sister to Brian and Joelle. 24 years ago I sent a bouquet of pink roses expressing my joy upon Kiela's birth....today I left another bouquet of pink roses at her parent's door expressing my grief. Please pray for this wonderful family.

If anyone knows about funeral arrangements, please contact me at
kschwein49@verizon.net.

Posted by: kschwein49 | October 8, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Kiela was a beautiful person, daughter to Frances and Rocky, sister to Brian and Joelle. 24 years ago I sent a bouquet of pink roses expressing my joy upon Kiela's birth....today I left another bouquet of pink roses at her parent's door expressing my grief. Please pray for this wonderful family.

If anyone knows about funeral arrangements, please contact me at
kschwein49@verizon.net.

Posted by: kschwein49 | October 8, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

I was a friend and classmate of Kiela's from GMU. She was a wonderful and intelligent person, very funny and very sweet and so much fun to be around. All the memories I have of her are positive ones. We lost touch after college and it is so jarring and upsetting to hear what has happened to my old friend. I feel for her family and all the others who cared about her, knew her and loved her.
I too hope that the pathetic excuse for a human being who so carelessly killed my friend pays for what she did, both here and in the world beyond. It makes me ill that a woman with so much promise and so much life was taken away because of someone else's carelessness and selfishness. It is not right, and it makes me sick.
Kiela, please rest in peace. I will never understand why you were taken away but I will always miss you and remember all the times we laughed together. I hope to see you again in another life.

Posted by: evadee | October 8, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Absolutely sickening news from the other day. I was not told of this bike rider. If he/she reads this article, would love for you to post some form of contact information. Wanting to thank you.

Posted by: brandonwendling1 | October 9, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

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