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.
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.
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."