Man charged with aggravated involuntary manslaughter for hitting woman while intoxicated


In January, a Lovettsville woman was hit and killed while walking in her neighborhood. The man responsible, 19-year-old Zachary Frye, was driving under the influence of alcohol.

On Friday, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Ryan Perry submitted an amendment to Frye’s charge. The judge approved the amendment without objection from the defense. Frye is now charged with aggravated involuntary manslaughter, as opposed to the original involuntary manslaughter charge.

Perry told WDVM there is a significant amount of evidence to support the defendant’s crime was a “gross, wanton, culpable, and reckless disregard for human life.”

The judge also agreed to push the preliminary hearing to June 24. The victim, Lauren McDarby, was reportedly walking along Morrisonville Road when she was killed just a couple of blocks away from her church. 

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