Two men were charged yesterday with reckless driving in a fatal car accident that occurred during the filming of a television production in Reston, Fairfax County police said.
Police identified the two as Carl B. Feldbaum, 38, president of Palomar Corp., a Washington firm, and David Richard Lee, 25, company vice president.
At the time of the accident, their company was involved in making a film for cable television on karate techniques, according to Richard Ben-Veniste, the company's attorney.
Police said that the accident occurred July 27 near Wiehle Avenue and North Shore Drive when a car driven by Judith K. Misenti, 28, of North Haven, Conn., was struck broadside by another. Misenti died two days later in Fairfax Hospital.
A police spokeswoman said that police had not been notified of the filming, as is normally done. Had they been, she said, they would have blocked off nearby streets to prevent an accident.
But according to Ben-Veniste, the accident occurred when Misenti swerved to avoid the two vehicles and her car brushed against the side of Feldbaum's, rolling over.
Police said the decision to charge the two men was made after consultation with Fairfax County Commonwealth's Attorney Robert Horan. The maximum penalty for a first conviction for reckless driving is one year in jail and a $1,000 fine, according to a county court officer.
Police said they seized the film until the trial.