Driver Pleads No Contest in Fatal Ashburn Crash

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.

2 thoughts on “Driver Pleads No Contest in Fatal Ashburn Crash

  • 2017-11-01 at 8:58 pm

    This woman left the State on North Carolina with a number of speeding tickets and driving without a license. She then moved out to the West of here and continued to the same saga. In this case, perhaps she wasn’t “using her phone”, but was possibly in the process of “using” it and was distracted and likely speeding, again, while killing one of the family members leaving the others scarred for life, both physically and mentally. Perhaps the judge should have mandated restrictions on her drivers license reciprocal with other states as she couldn’t drive one of the larger trucks, which she was at the time of the accident. Public transportation or a mini car would be most fitting as well as a sincere apology to the family, which seems to never come from the person committing these terrible crimes (mostly due to the insurance companies advising the person not to, sadly).

  • 2017-11-07 at 11:56 am

    Why isn’t the driver the of the car the child was in NOT in jail too!! This child may not have been ejected had they been properly secured in a child safety seat!!! It is the law – for children and adults to wear a seatbelt or be in a car seat (a three year old without question should have been in a five point child safety seat. The driver or passengers who choose not to put this child in a safety seat to protect them from the dangers of the road is just as much to blame as the driver who hit them – no matter the driving record or the reckless driving of the other person. We all take a chance getting in a car – as a parent or caregiver it is OUR job to protect our children as much as possible by placing them in a child safety seat.

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