Alexandria man charged with involuntary manslaughter for Christmas Eve crash

January 16, 2013

Arlington police arrested a 21-year-old man Wednesday on charges he drove through a red light and caused an accident that killed a Nokesville woman who was standing on a sidewalk Christmas Eve, officials said.

Authorities charged Farhan M. Khan, of Alexandria with involuntary manslaughter in the Dec. 24 death of 30-year-old Shabnam Motahhar-Tehrani. Officials said Khan ran a red light and struck another vehicle at the intersection of North Glebe Road and North Randolph Street about 4:30 that afternoon, which caused Khan’s vehicle to skid onto a sidewalk and fatally strike Motahhar-Tehrani.

She died that night at Inova Fairfax hospital.

Khan was held without bond Wednesday, officials said. If convicted, the involuntary manslaughter charge carries a sentence of up to 10 years in prison.

Clarence Williams is the night police reporter for The Washington Post and has spent the better part of 13 years standing next to crime scene tape, riding in police cars or waking officials in the middle of night to gather information about breaking news in and around Washington.
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