Defendant Charged in Deadly Traffic Accident Pleads Guilty to Non-Homicide Charges

Carlisha Elligan was initially charged with negligent homicide for her role in a fatal traffic accident but pleaded guilty to driving under the influence and reckless driving during a May 9 hearing. 

Elligan, 37, struck 44-year-old Armin Amin-Toomaji with the Mercedes-Benz she was driving as he attempted to cross 9th Street, NW, according to court documents. 

DC Superior Court Judge Marisa  Demeo asked Eilligan if she decided to take the plea offer on her own. 

“Yes, Your Honor,” she replied. 

Judge Demeo scheduled Eilligan to be sentenced on Sept. 16. In the meantime, the defendant will remain released on her promise to return to court. She has been in compliance with her release conditions.