Frye Manslaughter Case Set for November Trial

A Loudoun grand jury Monday handed up an indictment charging Zachary Frye with aggravated involuntary manslaughter in the death of Lauren McDarby, who was struck by his car as she walked along Morrisonville Road on Jan. 4.

A four-day trial is scheduled to begin Nov. 12 in Loudoun County Circuit Court.

According to testimony during a preliminary hearing last month, Frye, 20, struck and killed McDarby as she was walking near Zion Lutheran Church just before 7:30 a.m. on Jan. 4. According to blood test results and accounts from witnesses who encountered Frye at the scene shortly after the incident, he had been drinking prior to the crash, although a DWI charges initially filed against him has been dropped. The witnesses described Frye as being emotional and, at times, violent to himself as he struck his head against the side of the church building and against a tree on multiple occasions.

If convicted, Frye could spend one to 20 years in prison.

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