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Teen Arrested After Fatal Hit-and-Run

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Ore Adeyinka1 year ago


Newport News authorities have arrested a teenage who struck and killed a man mowing his lawn while attempting to flee the scene of a traffic stop. She is charged with felony homicide, hit-and-run, evading and eluding police, and driving without a license.

Details of the Fatal Hit-and-Run Accident

According to The Virginian-Pilot, the teen is being held in detention as a result of her actions.

Brandon Maynard, assistant public information officer, stated that Newport News Police carried out a traffic stop at approximately 3:22p.m. on Friday at the intersection of Tyner and Richneck roads. Police pulled over a man identified 34-year-old Shawn Collier of Richmond who had active warrants from Henrico and Chesterfield counties. As officers carried out the arrest, the 17-year-old female passenger proceeded to move to the Expedition’s driver seat and took off. The Virginian-Pilot adds that Maynard stated that offices did not know that another person was present in the vehicle and they did not pursue her when she drove way.

Police were notified just moments later that a pedestrian had been struck in the 900 block of Red Oak Circle. The teen driver hit a 42-year-old man mowing his lawn. Police later identified the victim as Arnold Coates of Newport News. Officials pronounced Coates dead at the scene.

After the accident occurred, the girl got out of the SUV and ran to a nearby location to borrow a phone to call relatives. Maynard stated that her relatives instructed her to turn herself in, which she did. The teen also has a criminal record, including active robbery warrants from Henrico County.

Auto Accident Statistics

The following information was provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • 32,719 people died in 2013 as a result of auto accidents. This marked a slight decrease from the 33,728 deaths recorded in 2012.
  • Of those killed in auto accidents in 2013:
  • An additional 2,313,000 people were injured in auto accidents in 2013.


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