The criminal case against a 45-year-old Centreville man has been dropped — at least, for now. The man in question is Pablo Teo-Florian, of The Meadows community. After a vehicle accident, April 18, 2004, in Centre Ridge, Fairfax County police charged him with DWI maiming.
They said the victim, Abdallah Toma, 34, of Centreville, was admitted to Inova Fairfax Hospital in critical condition because of Teo-Florian's alleged actions. They also said Toma was turning left in his Jeep Cherokee when Teo-Florian crashed his Chevrolet truck broadside into Toma's vehicle.
Toma survived his injuries, and police charged Teo-Florian with driving while intoxicated (DWI). They later added the more-serious charge of maiming another because of drunk driving.
Teo-Florian was to have had a preliminary hearing Tuesday, Jan. 25, in General District Court. However — although he and the police showed up — the victim did not. Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Ian Rodway then made a motion to drop the charge against the defendant.
But he noted that he might have Teo-Florian charged again at a later date. "I'll decide if I want to [straight] indict him or not [when the grand jury convenes again, next month]," said Rodway. Judge Stewart Davis then dropped the charge against Teo-Florian.