March 3, 2017
Driver gets 12 months in jail for death of 5-year-old
Three medical helicopters land on Route 29 just outside Remington on Nov. 25 to take the Legg children to Inova Fairfax Hospital.
You did a really bad thing, for which there must be consequences.
— Judge J. Gregory Ashwell
Fauquier’s General District Court judge Thursday convicted a Stafford County woman of reckless driving in the November death of a 5-year-old New Baltimore boy.
After an approximately 90-minute trial, Judge J. Gregory Ashwell sentenced Felicia Arbujo to 12 months in jail, fined her $2,500 and suspended her license for six months.
Those penalties represent the maximum allowed for the misdemeanor conviction.
Ms. Arbujo, who will appeal her conviction to the Fauquier County Circuit Court, posted a $500 cash bond to avoid jail until that court acts.
The crash that claimed Samuel Legg’s life took place around 9 a.m. Nov. 25, the day after Thanksgiving.
Heading south on Route 29, Jared Legg and his three young children sat in their 2010 Honda Odyssey van, waiting for the light to turn green at Freeman’s Ford Road, just west of Remington.
Ms. Arbujo’s 2009 Dodge Journey SUV slammed into the minivan and drove it off the road.
Medics summoned three helicopters that landed on the highway to fly the Legg children to Inova Fairfax Hospital’s trauma center.
Samuel Legg died Monday, Nov. 28.
His older brother and sister, Isaac and Anna, received treatment and later got released from the hospital.
Mr. and Mrs. Legg attended the trial Thursday.
Before giving Ms. Arbujo the maximum sentencing, Judge Ashwell told her: “You did a really bad thing, for which there must be consequences.”
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Rover 530 · March 4, 2017 at 9:48 pm
The judge must use the state sentencing guidelines for the crimes charged and by which the case was prosecuted. The Commonwealth's Attorney prepares the case and presents it in court. Reckless driving was charged and tried in DISTRICT Court instead of a manslaughter charge brought in CIRCUIT Court. It was treated as a traffic violation (speeding, failure to yield, illegal parking, etc.). Maybe the CA's office felt it couldn't win in Circuit Court. A person died in the accident. Misdemeanor or felony? Too late to fix.
janisgolden · March 3, 2017 at 8:59 pm
Outrageous! And a $2500 fine-that's insulting? Do you have any idea how much it cost to life flight those children? Insurance doesn't cover everything. She should have to pay that family back. It is shocking what people get away with wndnshe will probably win her apoeal too. Very disappointed.
citizen observer · March 3, 2017 at 2:11 pm
Anymore; If you're going to do a crime, do it in Fauquier, where you'll do no time.
Part II is this state needs to get phones completely out of driver's hands. Their distraction while driving is about on the same level as a drunk driver. I recently saw such a distracted driver almost run over a pedestrian in a cross walk. How many innocent people are going to get killed before something is done?
tapslady1 · March 3, 2017 at 9:47 am
SMH...Unbelievable how our justice system is so backwards when it comes to time a person should/could recieve for charges. RIP Lil' Angel
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