A deadly encounter on a Mount Vernon area road ten days ago was sparked by a near collision between two vehicles, according to police interviews with witnesses detailed in a search warrant filed in Fairfax County court.
A driver told detectives he saw the sedan driven by the victim, Shelinda Arrington, 21, nearly crash into the black SUV of the suspect, Gloria McMillan, 32, as the sedan was making a left hand turn onto Lockheed Boulevard the morning of May 4, according to the search warrant.
After the near accident, the black SUV drove past both the sedan and the witness’s vehicle, before all three turned onto Harrison Lane, according to the search warrant.
In the 7100 block, the witness said, the suspect’s Chevrolet Trailblazer came to a stop, according to the search warrant. The witness and Arrington both attempted to swerve their vehicles around the Trailblazer, but nearly crashed into each other and came to a stop, according to the search warrant.
A second witness, who was walking in the 7100 block of Harrison Lane, saw Arrington walk up to the Trailblazer, according to the search warrant. The second witness saw “some interaction” between Arrington and the SUV’s driver, which was not described further, according to the search warrant.
The second witness then saw the black SUV driving north on Harrison Lane, turn around, and drive south on Harrison Lane past Arrington, who was lying in the roadway, according to the search warrant.
An attorney for McMillan said last week that Arrington began yelling at and hitting his client through the half-open window of the black SUV and that McMillan hit the accelerator to get away. In the process, Arrington was struck, said the attorney, Charles J. Swedish. Police and prosecutors have declined to comment on that account.
The Virginia medical examiner’s preliminary findings were that Arrington’s head was crushed by being run over, according to the search warrant. Police said they think Arrington somehow fell or slipped under the SUV, although they said they don’t believe McMillan ran over Arrington intentionally.
A police spokesman said last week that investigators think McMillan got out of her car and approached Arrington’s sedan before Arrington approached the SUV, but the search warrant does not detail such an encounter.
When police arrrived at the scene, they found Arrington unconscious and bleeding from the head, according to the search warrant. She was transported to the hospital, where she died.
McMillan has been charged with felony hit-and-run. She turned herself in on March 7.
Detectives filed the search warrant to examine her car for evidence. They lifted fingerprints and got four swabs from the car, according to the search warrant.