Fairfax County VA May 9 2012 A 32-year-old woman from the Alexandria area of Fairfax County was arrested Monday night and charged in what authorities described as a road rage incident in which a woman was killed in that area.
Police said Gloria A. McMillan of Jon Paul Drive was charged with felony hit-and-run in the incident, in which Shelinda Delores Arrington, 21, was found lying fatally injured Friday morning on Harrison Lane. Arrington apparently had left her vehicle. Her death was ruled the result of a crush injury.
After Arrington was found, police put out a lookout for a dark-colored sport-utility vehicle with temporary tags. County police said they found such a vehicle in Southwest Washington with the aid of D.C. police.
Officer Don Gotthardt, a county police spokesman, said McMillan surrendered about 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Mount Vernon district police station.
Since Friday, police have said they were trying to determine whether Arrington knew the other driver in the incident or whether road rage was involved.
Police are continuing to investigate, Gotthardt said, and believe that even though the two women lived only a few blocks apart, they did not know each other.
“We have been able to speak with witnesses,” he said, as well as the suspect, and “based on all the information we gathered,” police were “confident” that it was a road-rage incident.
From what police have learned, Gotthardt said, it appeared that an interaction began between the women while both were driving. A verbal altercation broke out and matters escalated, Gotthardt said.
“It’s a tragedy,” he said. In any such incident, he recommended, “never get out of your vehicle.”
Fairfax County VA May 7 2012 The female motorist who died Friday after she was found on a roadway in the Mount Vernon area had an argument with another driver in traffic and then was run over, Fairfax County police said Saturday.
Police identified the victim as Shelinda Delores Arrington, 21, who lived a few blocks from where the incident occurred. According to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Arrington sustained crushing injuries to her skull.
About 11:30 a.m. Friday, police responded to a report of a woman lying in the 7100 block of Harrison Lane. Police said Arrington was unconscious when they arrived. She was taken to a hospital, where she died.
Police said they believe Arrington had gotten out of her car and began a discussion with the other driver. Police said they are investigating whether Arrington and the other driver knew each other before the confrontation or road rage was involved with her death.
Fairfax County police spokesman Don Gotthardt said detectives are looking for a dark-colored sport-utility vehicle with temporary tags. He declined to comment further.
On Friday, police closed off Harrison Lane for several hours while investigating the incident. A light-colored Buick sedan was towed from the scene. Police said they interviewed a third motorist, who drove a light-colored SUV and may have been involved.
Patricia Wells, a resident in the block where Arrington was found but did not witness the alleged altercation, said Saturday that both light-colored vehicles were facing northbound toward South Kings Highway. There was no apparent damage to either vehicle, she said .
Police said those with any information on the incident should contact them at 703-691-2131.