(WJLA) – The driver of a dump truck charged in connection to a fatal accident that claimed the life of an Arlington mother was ruled guilty in court on Thursday.
Marvin Valladares, 33, had no comment as he left court with family members after a judge ruled him guilty of failing to pay full time and attention to driving. It ultimately led to an incident that resulted in the death of 39-year-old Jennifer Lawson – a mother of three.
In the early evening on February 24, outside Nottingham Elementary, Valladeres was driving a commercial dump truck when police say he hit the open sliding door of Lawson’s minivan, which then struck Lawson, who was adjusting her child’s car seat.
According to Arlington Police, Valladeres was not texting, talking, or speeding, and no drugs or alcohol were involved. He even stayed at the scene after the incident.
In court, Valladeres’ sister testified: “He was devastated…this doesn’t just affect our brother, it affects all of us.”
But prosecutor Jay Burkholder said that “had the defendant heeded more attention, perhaps the situation could have been avoided.”
Before issuing a guilty verdict, the judge said of what happened: “These consequences were as bad as they could possibly be…”