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Woman pleads guilty to two felonies in Charlie Davies case; sentencing in February

By Steve Goff

The woman driving the vehicle that crashed on the George Washington Memorial Parkway in October 2009, killing one passenger and severely injuring U.S. national soccer team player Charlie Davies, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and DWI maiming Tuesday morning in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, The Post's Spencer Hsu reports. Sentencing is set for Feb. 11.

UPDATE: For Spencer's full story, click here.

By Steve Goff  | November 16, 2010; 10:55 AM ET
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Gene Wells.

Posted by: Reignking | November 16, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Is it Reignking or Rain Man?

Posted by: GeneWells | November 16, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

From day one, this story has been nothing but sad. I feel terrible for all involved.

Posted by: glfrazier | November 16, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: I-270Exit1 | November 16, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

from plea agreement:

#4. Ms. Espinoza was unfamiliar with the George Washington Memorial Parkway and the
location of Davies hotel or how to get there. Mr. Davies also was unfamiliar with directions to the hotel. As a result Ms. Espinoza used a blackberry to retrieve the street address and entered it into a portable G.P.S. device located on the center console of her sport utility vehicle.

While navigating her way to the Virginia hotel Ms. Espinoza missed an exit and the G.P.S. began to recalculate her position and the correct route to take. During this time Ms. Espinoza looked away from the road in order to look at her G.P.S. device. Ms. Espinoza was driving above the
posted speed limit of40 miles per hour, she was distracted with the GPS, and she was intoxicated.

All of these factors resulted in her crash into the Boundary Channel bridge abutment.

Posted by: Section107 | November 17, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

from plea agreement - post #2

5. Accident reconstructionists established that the Infinity driven by Espinoza was in
proper mechanical condition with no defects or malfunctions, that it would pass a state safety inspection, and that it had not been subject to any recalls.

Further, it was determined that she did
not brake prior to the crash. The vehicle had run off the roadway surface onto the soft shoulder as evidenced by tire indentations spanning 113 feet prior to impact.

The vehicle impacted the bridge abutment with its passenger side near the A pillar. The bridge has a blunt end guardrail
with no attenuation. The force of the impact cut the car in half on a diagonal to the driver's side C pillar. The front half of the vehicle rode the bridge abutment for approximately 20 feet. The
rear half of the vehicle rolled down a 17 foot embankment coming to rest in thick brush on the passenger's side.

6. After the crash, Espinoza got out of the driver's seat and went down the embankment to find Roberta and Davies.

A husband and wife came upon the accident scene soon after it occurred. The male went down the embankment to render assistance while his wife called 9-1-1.

As the male came down to the vehicle, he observed Ashley Roberta on the ground, adjacent to the vehicle. He observed Espinoza attempting to help Davies by pulling him out of the vehicle.

Because Davies was pinned in the back of the vehicle and in apparent critical condition, the male directed Espinoza to leave him where he was, and advised her that 9-1-1 was called.

Posted by: Section107 | November 17, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

from plea agreement - post # 3

7. Once emergency personnel arrived on the scene, Charlie Davies was extricated and transported by USPP Eagle helicopter to Medstar in critical condition.

He incurred life-threatening and permanent injuries as a result of the accident. The injuries included a broken fibula, tibia and femur of his right leg, tom ligament in his left knee, fractured left elbow, fractured eye socket and nose, serious head trauma and a lacerated bladder. These injuries resulted in numerous surgeries and significant rehabilitative therapy.

Ashley Roberta was pronounced dead on the scene. A subsequent autopsy confirmed that she died as a result of the crash from blunt impact injuries of the head, neck, torso and lower extremities.

Espinoza was transported to Medstar by ambulance for observation and treatment of minor injuries.

Blood samples were collected as evidence. Espinoza's blood contained a blood alcohol concentration of.13% .

In all instances related to the driving while intoxicated, the defendant acted knowingly and recklessly. The crash and resulting death of Ashley Roberta and injuries to Charlie Davies were unintentional, but nevertheless the result of criminal conduct.

Posted by: Section107 | November 17, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

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