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Ashburn Teen Enters Plea Deal In Fatal Car-Surfing Case

© Leesburg Today - 08/31/2015

Ashburn resident Shafin Karim, 18, pleaded guilty to charges of reckless driving  stemming from a car surfing accident last August that resulted in the death of his friend.

The plea agreement with the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office headed off a three-day involuntary manslaughter trial scheduled to start Monday.

Under the deal, Karim will be required to spend one month in jail, pay a $1,000 fine, and have his driver's license suspended for six months. Additional jail time of 11 months and a fine of $1,500 were suspended.

On Aug. 5, 2014, Karim was driving a Subaru near the Dulles Crossing Plaza when 17-year-old Mohammad U. Khalid, of Sterling, jumped onto the trunk area. Khalid fell off when Karim turned into a parking lot. Khalid was flown by helicopter to Inova Fairfax Hospital where he died three days later.

Karim, who's attending Northern Virginia Community College, will complete his jail sentence in increments, from Thursday nights to Sunday nights, until the sentence is completed. He's hoping to attend a dental medical school in Bangladesh next spring.

With the victim's family in attendance Monday, Circuit Court Judge Thomas D. Horne said cases like Karim's are challenging.

""These are always the most difficult cases because it involves people close to you,"" Horne said. ""And the weight of which you'll carry for the rest of your life. There's a lot of heartache to deal with. … I trust you'll use this time effectively.""

""A lot has changed,"" Karim said when asked by Horne how he had been affected by his friend's death.

Karim's request to be able to drive only to classes was denied by Horne.

""You'll have to find some other way to get around,"" he said.

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