Dump Truck Driver Charged in Accident that Killed Mother Outside Son's School

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    News4's Jackie Bensen got police and neighborhood reaction to the charge filed against a dump truck driver who hit and killed a mother of three outside an elementary school in Arlington, Va. (Published Friday, April 11, 2014)

    A dump-truck driver has been charged after an accident that killed an Arlington mother outside her son's elementary school.

    Arlington County police charged Marvin Valladares, 33, of Manassass, with failure to pay full-time attention on Wednesday. The charge is a misdemeanor offense.

    Arlington Mom Struck, Killed by Dump Truck Outside School

    [DC] Arlington Mom Struck, Killed by Dump Truck Outside School
    Jennifer Lawson, 39, died after she was struck by a dump truck outside an elementary school Monday morning. (Published Monday, Feb. 24, 2014)

    On Feb. 24, Valladares was driving a dump truck that struck Jennifer Lawson, a 39-year-old mother of three. Lawson was getting one of her children out of her minivan, which was parked outside Nottingham Elementary School on Little Falls Road.

    Police said Lawson was leaning into her her car when a step on the dump truck caught the sliding door of her minivan, forcing the door closed.

    Arlington Woman Struck, Killed by Dump Truck

    [DC] Arlington Woman Struck, Killed by Dump Truck
    A 39-year-old Arlington woman succumbed to her injuries after being hit by a dump truck Monday. (Published Monday, Feb. 24, 2014)

    The impact ripped off the rear passenger side door.

    The incident shook the school community and the surrounding neighborhood, where Lawson was known as an devoted mother and an avid runner.

    The maximum penalty for the misdemeanor charge is up to ten days in jail and a $100 dollar fine. Arlington Police say the decision to charge the truck driver was the result of a lengthy, detailed investigation.

    "We have to trust that the authorities made the right decision," said parent Cory Folliard. "There is no easy answer, no good solution to this, except to pray for all involved."

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