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Federal charges expected to be filed in auto accident that seriously injured U.S. soccer player Charlie Davies

By Steve Goff

Criminal charges are pending against the driver of the car that crashed and killed one passenger and badly injured U.S. national soccer team player Charlie Davies in Northern Virginia last year, The Washington Post has learned.

Maria Alejandra Espinoza, from Clarksville, Md., is expected to be charged with one felony count of involuntary manslaughter and two felony counts of DWI maiming at a plea hearing set for Tuesday, said a spokesman for Neil H. MacBride, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.

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The charges were filed in federal court because the accident occurred on the George Washington Memorial Parkway, which is federal land under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Park Police.

Davies, 24, and Ashley J. Roberta, 22, were passengers in an SUV driven by Espinoza early in the morning of Oct. 13, 2009 -- the day before the U.S. team's World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica at RFK Stadium. Roberta, from Phoenix, Md., died from her injuries. Davies, who broke team curfew to join the women, suffered a lacerated bladder, fractured right tibia and femur, a fractured elbow, facial injuries and bleeding on the brain.

After several operations and months of rehabilitation, the former Boston College forward rejoined his French club Sochaux last spring. However, he did not make enough progress to warrant consideration for the U.S. World Cup squad and has yet to play for Sochaux's first team this season.

In a statement, Davies' attorney, Jon Pels of Bethesda, said: "Charlie Davies has left this matter in the capable hands of the U.S. Attorney's office. He will be happy to comment once this matter concludes and the U.S. Attorney authorizes him to do so."

Espinoza has retained high-profile attorney Peter Greenspun, who represented sportscaster Marv Albert and Washington sniper John Allen Muhammad.

For previous court documents concerning the accident, click here.

By Steve Goff  | November 12, 2010; 4:09 PM ET
Categories:  Americans Abroad, U.S. men's national team  | Tags:  Charlie Davies  
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Comments

Gene Wells can have a good weekend now.

Posted by: Reignking | November 12, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Charges are still pending on the crime that was Alexi Lalas's World Cup commentary.

Posted by: jar66su | November 12, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

That didn't take too long! Haste makes waste.

Posted by: GeneWells | November 12, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Gene,

Your work here is done.

Posted by: fischy | November 12, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Jeezy peezy lets not make a Federal case out of it.

Posted by: 9Nine9 | November 12, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Feds are busy.

In a so-far-unrelated case federal officials have arrested PG County executive Jack Johnson and his wife in an investigation regarding allegations of bribery from real estate developers.

Goff, is there any truth to the rumor that the FBI found a fully completed soccer specific stadium under the accused couple's bed?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/story/2010/11/12/ST2010111204006.html?hpid=topnews

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | November 12, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

I believe that the location, on the GW Parkway, that makes it a federal case.

Posted by: billq1 | November 12, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: universityandpark | November 13, 2010 7:18 AM | Report abuse

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