Henrico teen kills man mowing lawn while eluding police in Newport News

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — A 17-year-old Henrico County girl struck and killed a man mowing grass Friday afternoon in Newport News.

Officer Brandon Maynard with Newport News Police says at 3:22 p.m., fugitive units were conducting a traffic stop on a white Ford SUV in the area of Tyner and Richneck Road, trying to serve a warrant on a 34-year-old Shawn Collier, who was wanted out of Henrico and Chesterfield on drug charges.

As police took the man into custody, a 17-year-old female passenger in the vehicle jumped into the driver seat and took off. Officers did not chase after her. At one point, police say she took a corner too fast and struck a 43-year-old man who was mowing a lawn in the 900 block of Red Oak Circle. The man was killed. Police identified him as 42-year-old Arnold Coates of Newport News.

The teen girl continued driving after hitting the man and struck a parked vehicle on the street before coming to a stop. Police say the teen then knocked on the door of a nearby home to use a phone to call a relative. She turned herself into police shortly after and is in custody.

The 17-year-old was wanted on an active warrant out of Henrico County for a robbery. She was listed as a runaway, according to police.

The Newport News Fire Department brought lawn equipment to the neighborhood to help the family with yard work. Firefighters said they did not want credit for the act.

Police are still investigating the crash.

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