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Woman found not guilty of vehicular manslaughter in Jessup crash

The Prince George's County woman standing trial for the death of a 19-year-old in an 2011 auto accident in Jessup was found not guilty by a jury last week, according to Howard County state's attorney spokesman Wayne Kirwan.

Tristian Rayshon Johnson, 27, of the 3000 block of Ladova Way in Springdale, was also found not guilty of speeding and reckless driving, but was convicted of negligent driving, Kirwan said.

Negligent driving is a misdemeanor, subject to a fine of up to $500, according to Kirwan.

According to Howard County Police, Johnson's Chevrolet Camaro, which was traveling north bound on Route 1 near Mission Road, struck Gray's Nissan Maxima at approximately 11:25 p.m. on April 6, 2011, as the teen attempted to make a left-turn into the south bound lane.

Kirwan said police investigators reported that crash data downloaded from the Camaro revealed that Johnson was traveling at 80 MPH seconds before impact.

Kirwan said the speed limit along that portion of the road is 50 MPH.

Kirwan said the jury deliberated for three hours on Friday after three days of testimony.

Johnson's sentencing hearing for her misdemeanor conviction is set for Mar. 15.

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