Plea hearing set in crash that injured Davies

The driver in a 2009 crash that injured U.S. national team

forward Charlie Davies and killed a female passenger is scheduled

to plead guilty to involuntary manslaughter and drunken


A plea hearing is set for Tuesday in federal court in Alexandria

for Maria A. Espinoza of Clarksville, Maryland. She was driving in

October 2009 on the George Washington Parkway in northern Virginia

when the accident occurred.

Davies sustained two broken bones in his right leg, elbow and

face and a lacerated bladder. The other passenger, 22-year-old

Ashley J. Roberta of Phoenix, Maryland, was killed.

The injuries caused Davies to miss this year’s World Cup. He is

trying to regain fitness with Sochaux’s reserves in France.

Last month, Davies was fined $1,040 and his license was

suspended by French police because of a speeding violation in which

he said a teammate was driving.