Pedestrian struck by alleged drunken driver in D.C. dies

By Paul Duggan
Wednesday, September 15, 2010

One of two women run down last week by an alleged drunken driver in Adams Morgan died Tuesday in a hospital, D.C. police said.

The victim, Julia Bachleitner, 26, was a graduate student at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. She and a fellow student, who also suffered severe injuries, were struck Sept. 8 by a Dodge driven by a Prince George's County woman who, police said, had a blood-alcohol level of nearly twice the legal limit for driving in the District.

Chamica M. Adams, 23, of Mitchellville was arrested at the scene and charged with aggravated assault and driving while intoxicated. Police said Tuesday that, with Bachleitner's death, new and more serious charges are likely to be filed against Adams by the U.S. attorney's office.

According to charging documents, Adams was driving a 2007 Dodge Charger south on 18th Street NW about 8:30 p.m. when, while negotiating a turn onto Florida Avenue, she mounted the center island and struck the two women, who were waiting to cross the street. Adams's vehicle hit a small tree, then the front of Keren Restaurant, at 1780 Florida Ave. The restaurant was not occupied at the time.

At a hearing in D.C. Superior Court last week, a judge released Adams from jail, ordered her into a high-intensity supervision program and prohibited her from using alcohol.

Adams is also not allowed to drive while in the court supervision program. Magistrate Judge Diana Harris Epps also added two hours to Adams's curfew, which will last from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. each day, not 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. as is traditional.

Adams had no previous DWI arrests in the area.

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