An Alexandria man was convicted by a federal jury Wednesday on charges of assault resulting in serious bodily injury after an April 8 incident in which he barreled his car at over 100 miles per hour into a motorcyclist.
Menyelek M. Maynard, 26, was reportedly driving his Toyota Camry on the George Washington Memorial Parkway, which has a 45-mph speed limit, when he slammed into the rear of the motorcycle, sending the 20-year-old rider, identified in court documents as J.V., hurtling more than 30 feet through the air.
Maynard’s Toyota subsequently rolled multiple times, the report said, almost hitting pedestrians on the adjacent trail before coming to an upside-down stop in the shallows of the Potomac River.
Other motorists stopped to render aid to J.V., who received additional life-saving assistance when Fairfax County Fire and Rescue arrived.
J.V.’s left leg was amputated below the knee, the Justice Department release stated. He later had to have steel rods surgically inserted in both of his arms and his back, and has lost feeling in much of his left side.
As part of the proceedings Wednesday, Maynard also received convictions on charges of reckless driving and speeding. He faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.
“Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties,” the release stated. “A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after taking into account the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.”
Maynard is scheduled to be sentenced in January.
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