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Driver extradited to U.S. over fatal car crash

| Jan 2, 2020 | Felonies

A Salvadoran woman has been extradited to Virginia to face charges in the death of another woman killed in a car accident in Henrico County in 2018. The 59-year-old woman was doing yard work on North Parham Road in August 2018 when she was struck by a car driven by the woman. While the accident victim was taken to the hospital, she passed away due to injuries in the crash two weeks later. The driver left the country after the accident, but her case was referred to Interpol. She was found in Spain in October, and the U.S. sought her extradition for involuntary manslaughter and failure to appear.

The driver was brought back to Dulles airport on Dec. 16, 2019 and served with the outstanding warrants. She was initially ticketed after the crash for driving without a license and reckless driving, and police say that they believe she left the country in order to prevent prosecution in the case. They became aware that she had left the United States in October 2018, when she did not appear in court on the reckless driving charges. However, prosecutors also said that she did not contest the extradition request. The driver allegedly ran off the road and hit the woman as she was working in her yard.

The driver’s husband was still living in the United States and said that she had left him when questioned by media. He claimed that he did not know whether or not she was in the country.

Many people who face criminal charges may be concerned about the serious consequences of a conviction, such as jail times, high fines or a felony criminal record, and they may be tempted to leave the country. A criminal defense attorney may instead provide advice and representation in contesting police evidence and working to prevent a conviction.