Nearly a year after she drove through a red light and crashed broadside into a car carrying five people—killing one—Nakia P. Wilkerson was sentence to jail on Tuesday.
The crash occurred Nov. 25, 2016, at 1:19 a.m. on Loudoun County Parkway at the intersection of Gloucester Parkway.
According to witnesses, a 2006 Ford pickup truck was traveling north on Loudoun County Parkway when it went through the light and hit a 1997 Toyota sedan. The Toyota driver and four passengers—adults age 26 and 27 and children age 3 and 5—suffered injuries ranging from minor to serious and were transported to nearby hospitals for treatment. Naria Haiderian, a rear seat passenger, died at Inova Fairfax Hospital. The 3-year-old was not in a child safety seat and was ejected from the vehicle in the crash, according to the State Police report.
Wilkerson, who also was injured, was initially charged with failing to obey a traffic light. Later a Loudoun grand jury indicted her on a charge of reckless driving.
In Circuit Court on Tuesday, she pleaded no contest to that charge.
Wilkerson told investigators that she had no recollection of the crash. A witness said that she was holding her cell phone when he went to render aid while she was in the vehicle. Evidence in the case did not show that she was on the phone at the time of the crash and county prosecutors did not find evidence that would support a more serious manslaughter charge.
Judge J. Howell Brown sentenced Wilkerson to 12 months in jail, the maximum for a Class 1 misdemeanor, but suspended all but two months of that jail time. He suspended her driver’s license for 18 months and required supervised probation for 10 years following her release from jail. Additionally, Brown required her to make a charitable donation in Haiderian’s memory each Nov. 25 for the next 10 years.