October 8, 2010

The suspect in the deadly hit and run turned herself in to police Friday morning and police say they plan to charge her with vehicular manslaughter. Jorida Davidson arrived at the station accompanied by a man just before 5:00 a.m. They spoke briefly with officers before police escorted her away.

Police say 24-year-old Kiela Marie Ryan of Columbia, Md., died Thursday morning after she was hit in the 1300 block of Connecticut Avenue around 1:30 a.m. by a Lexus SUV. Davidson, who was identified as the driver, took off, but a bicyclist followed and noted the license plate number.

Montgomery County Police say when they found Davidson in the vehicle just after 2:30 a.m. Thursday, the keys were out of the ignition and the engine was off. She was taken into custody on suspicion of DUI. Police say Davidson refused to take a breathalyzer. D.C. Police had her car, a black Lexus SUV, towed from the garage of the Elizabeth Condominium on North Park Avenue. There was damage to the right front headlight. A witness told police he saw the SUV hit Ryan as she was getting into a car in the northbound service road of Connecticut Avenue just south of Dupont Circle.

"A bicyclist followed the striking vehicle, noted the tag number and called police," said D.C. Police spokesman Gwen Crump. "The vehicle has been recovered in Montgomery County and we are working with the Montgomery County Police. We are actively pursuing a warrant."

The bicyclist, who declined to speak on camera or give his name, says he had ridden to the circle to escort his girlfriend home when he saw Ryan get hit. He says he followed the SUV and watched as it briefly stopped at red lights and then drove on through.

Law enforcement sources say investigators plan to charge Davidson with Vehicular Manslaughter. Davidson's online business profile says she is a freelance Albanian translator working primarily for the Voice of America. Montgomery County Police say they charged Davidson with DUI and released her into the custody of a sober person. Under Maryland law, drivers who refuse a breathalyzer test lose their licenses for four months. SOURCE: FOX

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