3 years, 9 mos. for Md. woman in fatal Dupont Circle hit-and-run

The woman found guilty of negligent homicide in a fatal Dupont Circle hit-and-run accident last year was sentenced to three years and nine months in prison.

D.C. Superior Court Judge Lynn Leibovitz sentenced Jorida Davidson, 31, of Chevy Chase, on Tuesday morning.

Davidson was found guilty of negligent homicide, driving while under the influence and leaving the scene after a collision in connection with the death of Kiela M. Ryan, 24, of Howard County. Ryan was fatally struck by Davidson’s Lexus SUV in Dupont Circle early Oct 7, 2010.

A jury couldn’t reach a unanimous verdict on the most serious charge, voluntary manslaughter. On Monday, Leibovitz said prosecutors could retry Davidson on that charge and an additional charge of involuntary manslaughter.

Hearings have not been scheduled in the retrial pending appeals of Tuesday’s sentencing. If found guilty on the charges of voluntary and involuntary manslaughter, Davidson could face as much as 30 more years in prison.

This item has been updated.

Keith Alexander covers crime, specifically D.C. Superior Court cases for The Washington Post. He has covered dozens of crime stories from Banita Jacks, the Washington woman charged with killing her four daughters, to the murder trial of slain federal intern Chandra Levy.
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