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Wednesday, February 24, 2010


Woman finds man stuck under her car

After arriving home in Fairfax County about 7:30 p.m. Monday, a woman discovered a man's body stuck under her vehicle, a body police say she unwittingly dragged from a crash in Prince William County.

Prince William police said Tuesday that Carroll H. Humphries, 39, of Manassas Park apparently was struck on northbound Centreville Road near Patton Lane when he tried to cross through traffic. A Woodbridge man driving a 2003 Toyota Corolla allegedly hit him and then stopped at the scene.

But a second driver traveling northbound in a 2004 Nissan Quest struck Humphries as he lay on the ground, and she continued driving two miles to her home. She didn't realize what had happened until she found the body under her vehicle, police said. She called Fairfax police. Humphries died as he was being taken to the hospital.

Police said no one has been charged in the incident, but an investigation is continuing.

-- Josh White

High-profile bills get shot down

Two of the House of Delegates' most high-profile bills of the year, both sponsored by Del. Mark L. Cole (R-Fredericksburg), died in a Senate subcommittee Tuesday.

A subcommittee of the Senate's Commerce and Labor Committee killed one bill, which would have made it illegal for employers or insurance companies to require that people be implanted with microchips. The subcommittee also killed a bill that was designed to send a message to the federal government by declaring that all commerce that takes place exclusively in Virginia could not be regulated by the federal government.

Cole had said that privacy issues were the chief concern behind the microchip bill. But he also said he shared concerns that the devices could someday be used as the "mark of the beast" described in the Bible's Book of Revelation.

Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw (D-Fairfax) said that four senators thought the first bill was a solution in search of a problem, and the subcommittee thought the second was unconstitutional.

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