Jasmin Mize, '08 alum and an attorney in the Office of the Public Defender in Alexandria, VA is quoted in The Washington Post on a DUI case. The morning of the Jan. 15 crash, Victor Aldana was at home and drank two 23-ounce
cans of the alcoholic drink Four Loko, which he bought the previous
night, according to police. He left his apartment to get food, he told
police. Maria Chavez and Brian Hernandez Chavez were walking to Landmark Mall to go to the indoor
playground at about 2:30 p.m. when they were hit on Duke Street near Interstate 395.
Public defender Jasmin Mize called the crash an accident. "Mr.
Aldana is on trial for something he never intended to happen,” Mize
said. "This case is a tragedy, but not every tragedy is a crime.”
Mize said driving mistakes such as Aldana’s are common. "We get distracted, we miss a turn,” Mize said. "Sometimes, our cars become something we can’t control.”