Man pleads guilty to vehicular manslaughter

Man pleads guilty to vehicular manslaughter
Maryland resident Fredy Ortiz Dominguez pleaded guilty to a felony count of involuntary manslaughter in connection with the death of Roy Saravia Alvarez, an Alexandria resident. (Photo/Alexandria Sheriff's Office)

By Liana Hardy |

A resident of Hyattsville, Maryland pleaded guilty last week to a felony count of involuntary manslaughter in connection with the death of an Alexandria resident. The hearing took place on July 28 at the Alexandria Circuit Court.

Fredy Ortiz Dominguez, 46, struck Alexandria resident Roy Saravia Alvarez, 46, with his work truck while Alvarez was walking on the sidewalk at the intersection of West Glebe Road and Mount Vernon Avenue on the evening of Nov. 13, 2021.

Alvarez had exited a bus at the intersection of Glebe and Mount Vernon and began walking westbound on the sidewalk after crossing Glebe Road. Dominguez was the second car in line waiting to turn left from northbound Mount Vernon onto Glebe. While the car in front of Dominguez completed the turn without incident, Dominguez took a wide turn and drove up onto the sidewalk, hitting Alvarez from behind and pinning him underneath his vehicle.

According to onlookers, Dominguez pressed his gas pedal and rocked his truck back and forth for six minutes while Alvarez remained pinned underneath the vehicle. Onlookers tried to get Dominguez to stop, but he continued to press the gas pedal until police arrived.

Although Alvarez was freed from underneath the vehicle by the fire department within 10 minutes of arrival, he had succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead on the scene.

The cause of the collision remains undetermined; neither alcohol nor drugs were a factor in Dominguez’s driving behavior, the investigation revealed, and Alvarez and Dominguez did not know each other.

The sentencing hearing for Dominguez will be held on Sept. 15. The maximum penalty for involuntary manslaughter is 10 years in penitentiary.

Dominguez is incarcerated at the Alexandria Adult Detention Center awaiting sentencing.