State police have charged a 21-year-old Stephens City man with involuntary manslaughter and reckless driving in a January crash that killed a popular local veterinarian.
William Alfredo Mendoza was arrested this week in connection with the Jan. 5 wreck that claimed the life of Kathryn Morton Krista, 41, from the Piedmont Equine Practice.
State police say Mendoza was traveling westbound on U.S. 50 in a 2004 Dodge SUV when he crossed the center line and struck Krista’s 2016 Ford Explorer head on. Krista suffered fatal injuries in the crash. Mendoza was taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital with serious injuries, and was eventually arrested this week.
Trooper T.B. Ralls is investigating what caused the Dodge to veer out of the westbound lanes.
"Katy will be deeply missed by all of us and all that knew her," the Piedmont Equine Practice said in a Facebook post after the crash. "We will work everyday to honor her memory."
Krista was an ambulatory veterinarian at Piedmont Equine on Zulla Road in The Plains, where she took a particular interest in emergency care, gastroenterology and geriatric horses, according to a biography on the practice's website.
A native of Kansas, Krista graduated from Kansas State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2003 and practiced equine medicine in Kentucky and Florida before completing an internship in equine surgery and emergency care in Leesburg, where she pursued residency training in equine surgery.
Krista lived with her husband Ben, their Scottish terrier, Henry, and two horses -- Milton and Harry -- in Bloomfield.