Gloria Alfreda McMillan ID'd as driver in Hybla Valley hit and run
Updated: May 9, 2012 - 09:58 am
The woman at the center of a suspected road rage incident in Hybla Valley on Friday is being charged with felony hit-and-run, Fairfax County Police say.
Detectives say they don't believe 32-year-old Gloria Alfreda McMillan intended to hit and kill 21-year-old Shelinda Arrington on Harrison Lane. McMillan is accused of leaving the scene of an accident where there is bodily harm or death. Police say McMillan turned herself in at about 7:30 p.m. Monday.
Investigators were led to McMillan after tracing a black 2006 Chevy TrailBlazer parked near Nationals Park in Southwest Washington to her.
As far as how police found the car, a Fairfax County Police spokesperson says authorities had a partial tag number from witnesses, which they used to search every possible combination. They then narrowed their search down to vehicles resembling the one seen by witnesses.
Records show this most recent arrest is not McMillan's first run-in with the law. As a six-time convicted felon, she has faced multiple charges of reckless driving, driving on a suspended license and assault and battery.
According to court records, McMillan's license was revoked until recently.
Residents haunted by this heartbreaking crime are reacting with relief to news of an arrest.
"The way the world is going nowadays everybody is kind of doing what they want to do and think they can get away with whatever. So I'm glad she got caught," said Fairfax County resident Eugene Rickert.
What unfolded Friday just before noon in Hybla Valley remains hard to fathom.
A witness, who asked to remain anonymous, says Arrington was the one who originally cut off McMillan's SUV after pulling onto Harrison Lane. The witness says Arrington, a criminal justice major at Northern Virginia Community College, got out of her car, went onto the hood of McMillan's SUV, was somehow thrown off and then run over.
However, police say they have no information about any of that happening. All they know is that something happened while both were driving in the area to escalate the situation.
Police also say that despite McMillan and Arrington living in apartment complexes right across the street from each other, there is no indication that the two women knew each other or had even met before the incident.
Sources say McMillan was not alone inside the Chevy TrailBlazer. An adult male and young child were inside McMillan's vehicle at the time of the alleged road rage encounter.
"It's something that happens every day on the road...you kind of have to get over it," neighbor Sara Martindale said.
McMillan is being held on no bond. She will appear in court June 20.
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