The “Beltway Sex” case got under way yesterday in Fairfax Circuit Court.
The allegations: The plaintiff in the case says the defendant was drunk, going 85 miles an hour on the Beltway and having sex at the time of the crash.
With such sensational allegations, it’s no surprise there is a circus-like atmosphere to the case, in which the plaintiff is seeking just over $30,000 for his injuries.
The Washington Post’s Tom Jackman, who writes the paper’s “The State of NoVa” blog, was live-tweeting yesterday’s proceedings under the hashtag #beltwaysex.
Among the developments, according to Jackman’s feed, which is available on his blog:
• The plaintiff is a cab driver.
• The defendant and some friends were in Maryland drinking at a strip club to celebrate his 21st birthday, according to the lawyers.
• The defendant said he couldn’t be driving, because he was in the back seat having sex with a woman.
• The woman says she was very drunk but that she did not have sex with anyone. The lawyers get personal, asking specific questions about what she did or didn’t do. Jackman’s tweet says volumes: “Is clearly not happy here.”
• A codefendant says he wasn’t in the car because he had been dropped off at his house. His mother, whom he said would back his story, did not appear. She apparently is a cabbie herself and was working.
• A Twitter follower and Jackman reported the defendant apparently is tweeting as well, although his handle is not printable. Per Jackman, the man tweeted at lunchtime, “I am so angry that its causing me a really bad headache.”
The lawyers in the case are Douglas R. Stevens of Washington for the plaintiff and Francis J. Prior of Fairfax for the defendant.
Closing arguments are scheduled for this morning.
– Paul Fletcher