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Jogger Identified In Ashburn Pedestrian Fatality

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Posted: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 9:45 pm

The woman killed while jogging in Ashburn early Wednesday morning has been identified as a 31-year-old Broadlands resident.

According to state police spokeswoman Corinne Geller, around 6:45 a.m. Jaime A. Rowley was jogging along Waxpool Road when she was hit by a 61-year-old woman driving a 2009 Nissan Rogue traveling southbound through the intersection on Claiborne Parkway. The driver stopped and began administering CPR to Rowley, until Virginia State Police Trooper E.A. Diaz arrived on the scene and took over CPR until the ambulance arrived.

Rowley was transported to Inova Loudoun Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The circumstances and cause of the crash remain under investigation by Virginia State Police. Alcohol is not considered a factor in the crash, but state police is consulting with the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office on any potential charges against the driver.

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  • bulldog7 posted at 10:04 pm on Thu, Mar 20, 2014.

    bulldog7 Posts: 2

    I am a close friend of Jaime and her family and yes she was wearing reflective clothing!
    She was running outside at 6:30 in the morning because she could not afford a health club supporting 2 daughters on her own! How many lights are on the W&OD trail? The accident happened at an intersection where there are traffic lights and street lights on every corner. We don't know who was at fault and that wont bring her back! She was running on a sidewalk and going through a CROSSWALK when she was killed! So please don't tell people what they should do or wear if you don't know the facts! She has a lot of friends on here and it pisses me off to see people putting the blame on a jogger that was or wasn't at fault.

  • tech_ed posted at 2:26 pm on Fri, Mar 14, 2014.

    tech_ed Posts: 22

    So, help me understand something....are there no sidewalks/paths/trails anywhere near where she lives? Isn't the W&OD trail pretty near there? I agree that it is tragic that she got hit by a car, but whatever happened to personal responsibility? If you want to exercise like that, you need to find a safe place to do it! All to often I see people jogging on the shoulder of a major thoroughfare when there is a perfectly acceptable sidewalk either right next to them, or across the street. And at 6:46am, it's pretty dark outside. So. Was she wearing reflective clothing? You can't expect to be safe ensconced in your own little world isolated to your surroundings by your i-whatever, wearing dark clothing on your early AM run. No disrespect, just saying...personal responsibility people...don't rely on others to look out for you, *YOU* are the only one looking out for you...

  • Dara Font posted at 4:09 pm on Thu, Mar 13, 2014.

    Dara Font Posts: 1

    This was my Classmate down here In Key West, Florida.. So sad we are all just heart broken for her 2 Daughters she leaves behind...

  • hubba bubba posted at 11:22 am on Thu, Mar 13, 2014.

    hubba bubba Posts: 440

    Agree with sad for the family. We ALL need to be more aware...drivers and runners alike. I have seen distracted drivers as well as distracted runners. Obviously this wasn't intentional or she would not have stopped to render aid as she did....prayers to the family.

  • Claddagh posted at 11:00 am on Thu, Mar 13, 2014.

    Claddagh Posts: 1

    It is very sad that the runner lost her life. Yes, everyone needs to be aware that we share the road.

    The point that I noticed in the story was how early this woman was running. It was before sunrise. Yes, drivers need to pay attention, but people screw up and we all need to be careful. Obviously I don't know what happened, but it seems likely that visibility was an issue.

  • frankwatson posted at 10:52 am on Thu, Mar 13, 2014.

    frankwatson Posts: 1

    Such a tragedy. We have setup a fund on the below site to help the family out. She is survived by 2 young daughters - so please donate or at least donate your time by sharing the link.

    Again- appreciate anyone who takes the time to share this in your network.


  • swleesburgva posted at 9:52 am on Thu, Mar 13, 2014.

    swleesburgva Posts: 26

    Tragic. A young life has been lost. Condolences to family and friends.

    Let the investigation reach full completion before jumping to conclusions.

    Consider also the driver and how devastated she must be. And that she administered CPR. Also consider that, because of the time change, it was almost pitch dark at 6:45 am. Is it just possible the driver could have been you?

  • AFF posted at 9:37 am on Thu, Mar 13, 2014.

    AFF Posts: 132

    Me thinks BJS misses the point. Some States and municipalities actually enforce crosswalk laws. Is those areas people have far more respect for pedestrians. You step off the curb, traffic stops. Even in jaywalking situations. Even on highways.

    In Northern Virginia the car rules.

  • Runner posted at 12:50 am on Thu, Mar 13, 2014.

    Runner Posts: 34

    So young. So so so sad.

    With so many distracted drivers nowadays - I know that when I'm out going for a run I have to keep my head on a swivel and remain on high alert. And on the flip side- I've had joggers dart out in front of me and cyclist rolling the dice when peddling down That winding country road (RT 704) when I at the posted speed limit roll up behind a pack doing 15-20mph less than me. It'll make your heart almost stop when you clear the crest of a hill and there are 8 cyclist 20 or so yards in front of you out of the blue.

    Like it or not- right of way or not- Drivers have to pay extra, extra, extra attention when driving in this ever populated county.

    Loudoun County continues to get more and more populated. More bicyclist, more walkers & runners, and most of all- more and more commuters.

    I just feel so bad for everyone involved in this tragedy. Many thoughts and prayers go out to the victim's family and also the driver. 31 is so young.

  • BJS posted at 12:01 am on Thu, Mar 13, 2014.

    BJS Posts: 1

    What does that matter? I've gotten a speeding ticket, I know many people who get speeding tickets, it doesn't stop them and regrettably me from speeding. I can't imagine people mow down pedestrians on purpose regardless if there were some threat of being cited. We still don't have many details about this tragic accident, until this we should probably stop implying who is at fault by stating that the lack of tickets for failing to yield for pedestrians is the reason this accident happened. We can't know who is at fault from this yet, and right now it doesn't matter because I'm sure the driver and family of the jogger are both devastated.

  • Bad Wolf posted at 2:36 pm on Wed, Mar 12, 2014.

    Bad Wolf Posts: 21

    Have you ever gotten a ticket in Loudoun County for not allowing a pedestrian walk in a crosswalk? Have you ever seen anyone get one? Know anyone who's gotten one? Even heard of anyone getting one?