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UPDATED: Runner, mother of two, killed in early morning crash

Runners have taken to the intersection of Claiborne Parkway and Waxpool Road, tying old running shoes to a nearby pole in memory of Jaime Rowley, who was hit by a car and killed during a morning jog March 12. Friends are encouraging others to “run for Jaime” this Saturday. Courtesy Photo
A pedestrian was killed early Wednesday morning after being hit by a car in Ashburn.

According to a report from the Virginia State Police, trooper E.A. Diaz was called to the scene of a single-car crash at the intersection of Claiborne Parkway and Waxpool Road in Ashburn.

A 2009 Nissan Rogue driven by a 61-year-old woman was traveling southbound on Claiborne Parkway when it hit a woman jogging along Waxpool Road. The driver stopped and gave CPR to the jogger; Diaz took over upon his arrival.

The jogger, Jaime A. Rowley, 31, of the Broadlands was taken to Inova Loudoun Hospital, where she was declared dead.

The crash is still under investigation, and charges are pending consultation with the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office. Alcohol was not a factor in the accident.

Rowley was a mother of two daughters. Friends on social media described her as a "devoted mother" and "exceptional friend." A website has been set up to raise money for Rowley's daughters; as of 11:30 March 13, the page had raised nearly $15,000.

Runners took to the intersection, tying old running shoes to a nearby pole in memory of Rowley. Friends are encouraging others to “run for Jamie” this Saturday.

To donate to the fund for Jaime Rowley's daughters, visit http://www.gofundme.com/7hy03o


Everett….you are assuming the driver is at fault when you bring up your question about vehicular manslaughter.  If you claim you aren’t assuming, then you are just making an inflammatory observation.  Unless you know what happened there’s not point in making that observation.  Maybe it wasn’t the driver’s fault..maybe it was…hopefully those in charge will get all the facts before assuming.

@Everett: I am capable of reading very well, thank you. Your question was highly speculative, as is your follow-on comment. I don’t know what cases “such as this” result in a charge of manslaughter. Again, I am not aware that we have any information that makes this a case like any other, except that a vehicle is involved and someone tragically lost their life. Manslaughter in Virginia is a felony. While a judge may certainly suspend all or part of a sentence, an involuntary manslaughter conviction in Virginia can result in a prison sentence of up to 20 years. It is a various serious charge and it should never be brought until and unless the facts clearly support it. There was nothing in this article or anywhere else that I have read or heard that indicates who or what was responsible for this tragedy. Charging anyone, or even discussing charging anyone, before all the facts are known is, at the very least, speculative. I gave you the benefit of the doubt.

@Ireland2: Sorry, guess again. I am a lifelong resident of Virginia. Born and raised here my entire life. I have been driving these roads for over 40 years. I am well aware of the VASP jurisdiction, as well as that of the LCSO. Another poster seemed to question why the VASP responded first and concluded that the LCSO was unable to show up. I was merely offering my own speculation on why. #1: I know that the VASP and LCSO have joint authority to patrol most roadways in this county. #2: In an emergency, especially a personal injury traffic accident, I would reasonably expect that the nearest emergency responder would render aid ASAP. #3: I believe the state law that provided for the Greenway requires that the operators pay for VASP patrols. #4: Because of this, I believe the VASP exclusively patrols the Greenway (in addition to their authority to patrol other highways in the state). #5: Although not that familiar with the area, I believe the location of this tragedy is less than a mile from the nearest Greenway interchange. #6: Because of this, I speculated that was a likely reason a VASP Trooper was the nearest emergency responder. Someone else with perhaps more knowledge of exactly what happened has posted that the Trooper just happened to be on a break in the immediate vicinity. Either way, it appears the Trooper was likely the closest emergency responder and that is why the Trooper was the first on the scene and not a LCSO deputy.

@Ireland2, you must be new as well, State Police have agreements with local territories. Often depending on what the call is, will determine who is dispatched to the area.  @myownsense has the most logical answer, based on the call, and the fact the greenway is right down the street from where this accident took place, I can see why VA Police arrived first.

I am NOT speculating or coming to conclusions. Did I ever say in my last post “the driver should (or will be) be charged with vehicular manslaughter.” Read it carefully. 

Similar cases such as this wind up where the driver gets charged with vehicular manslaughter and no jail time. That is just a fact, I have followed similar cases and that is what happens simple as that. Not to say this charge will or should happen to the driver just stating precedent.

The LTM should visit that lamppost again. The “shoe tree” is rather more impressive now.

The troopers happened to be getting coffee at an establishment right in the area. Nothing territorial they just happened to be in the right place at the right time

@myownsense:  Dittos and thank you.

This is on ongoing investigation; the accident just happened on Wednesday.  We don’t know what happened and we should not be speculating or judging.  But this was not a hit-and-run incident.

The driver, to her credit stayed at the scene of the accident and tried to help the young mother. Furthermore, the driver is surely dealing with issues of her own today.  I can’t imagine the anguish she is experiencing.

My prayers to everyone, the young children and other loved ones and friends who are grieving, and the driver.

This would all be speculation because I am not in a position to know the facts, I am not a lawyer, I’ve never played one on TV, and I didn’t stay at Holiday Inn Express last night, however:

1. “Why was VA state police on the scene first? Why was LCSO unable to show up? Or did they but later?” Perhaps because the State Trooper was the closest emergency responder? I would hate to think the VASP and LCSO are so territorial that a State Trooper who may have been mere minutes away would not respond and, instead, the victim have to wait much longer for the closest LCSO deputy. Don’t the VASP exclusively patrol the nearby Greenway? This was quite literally a life and death situation and I expect that this was merely a case of proximity of the nearest emergency responder, who happened to be a VASP Trooper.

2. “don’t these type of incidents usually result in vehicular man slaughter which does not carry jail time?” Charging anyone before the facts are clearly known would be irresponsible. Nothing I have read or heard about this tragic incident has indicated the investigation is complete or that any fault has been determined. Who would you charge with vehicular manslaughter based on the (lack of) facts, as published? I believe a charge of manslaughter requires at least some finding of criminal negligence. What fact basis are you aware of that indicates which one, if any, of those involved was negligent, criminally or otherwise? This is a tragedy for all involved and there is no need to compound that tragedy by jumping to unwarranted and unfounded conclusions.

Yes, this is very tragic and will have a lasting effect on her 2 little girls and the current needs are emotional, not financial.  It’s a little early to be raising funds to help.  More information is needed.

1st - Is the money currently needed

2nd - You’ll be respopnsible for the girls & do they need the money?

3rd - Where is the father & does he need the money? 

There are too many bogus charity funds that start up to prey on the emotions of people.

Why was VA state police on the scene first? Why was LCSO unable to show up? Or did they but later? Maybe someone who was around the time this happened can answer ?

Also, don’t these type of incidents usually result in vehicular man slaughter which does not carry jail time? Maybe a lawyer on here knows that answer ?

Regardless, so sad…very young woman for this to happeen.

This women was a single mother of 2 young children, and a sister to a wonderful group of friends.  If anyone is looking for a way to help out, please consider
This is a hard time for her friends and family, and every bit will go a long way - even though it can never make up for such a tragic loss.

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