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Woman finds body stuck under car, is charged with hit and run

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A 40-year-old Woodbridge woman who dragged a man more than a mile under her car after an accident on Centreville Road this week turned herself in to police on Wednesday afternoon after she was charged with felony hit and run and reckless driving, Prince William County police said.

Ellen Marie Yach, of Woodbridge, allegedly ran over Carroll Henry Humphries, 39, of Manassas Park, after Humphries was struck by another car on Monday night. Police said Humphries, who is homeless, was trying to cross the busy road through traffic when he was struck by a Toyota Corolla. The driver of the Corolla stopped at the scene, but Yach allegedly struck Humphries with her 2004 Nissan Quest and continued driving north into Fairfax County.

"He was caught under the car the whole way," said police spokeswoman Erika Hernandez.

After arriving at a residence more than a mile away in Fairfax County on Monday about 7:30 p.m., Yach found Humphries under her vehicle, police said. Yach then called police. Police do not know whether Humphries was still alive at that time, but he was declared dead on the way to a hospital.

Police said Yach told authorities that she thought she had run over a "mannequin" of some sort and continued driving.

Hit and run, a class 5 felony in Virginia, can carry a maximum sentence of up to 10 years in extreme circumstances. Drivers in Virginia have a duty to stop and report an accident when injuries, death or serious property damage is done, and they have a duty to help render aid or call for help in the event a person is hurt.

Yach was released Wednesday on a $6,000 bond and has a court date of May 6 scheduled.

-- Josh White


By Washington Post Editors  |  February 24, 2010; 4:30 PM ET
Categories:  Fairfax , Manassas , The Region , Traffic Accidents , Virginia  
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Huh? Please tell me that the FCPD administered a BAC test on this woman. How total oblivious can you be to not notice something (someone!) being dragged beneath your car? I can only imagine that she either turned up the radio or simply kept talking as the man continued to scream for miles.

Posted by: Ebola_22039 | February 23, 2010 7:33 PM | Report abuse

The victim likely didn't have enough life left in him to scream as the automobile burned him on one side with the engine and on the other with the fast-moving asphalt.

Look both ways before crossing.

Posted by: blasmaic | February 24, 2010 4:07 AM | Report abuse

dam what a way to go.

Posted by: tmi1 | February 24, 2010 6:16 AM | Report abuse

O.K. I'll be the first to say it. The women driving the Nissan Quest was most likely an illegal alien who does not speak english or know the rules of the road. She probably knew she ran over the man but failed to stop for fear of being deported and having to leave her 5 children behind. She she simply cranked up the Mariachi music and kept on driving.

Seriously, I find it impossible to believe that you would would not have seen or known you ran over a human being.

Posted by: joejack65 | February 24, 2010 6:44 AM | Report abuse

Well, I think she is white OR illegal alien they are the only groups who get away with murder weekly,blacks get away daily.

Posted by: foxxmacpryor | February 24, 2010 7:28 AM | Report abuse

"...Humphries...was struck on northbound Centreville Road ...when he tried to cross the road through traffic."
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Stupidity kills.

Posted by: checkered1 | February 24, 2010 7:29 AM | Report abuse

This isn't unheard of. There have been many similar cases over the years inwhich pedestrians are struck by one car and run over by several other drivers who never even saw the body or knew that they too had run over it. Sometimes cars will pass over a body in such a manner the wheels don't strike the victim and there is no bump or sensation of rolling over an object. It is easy for clothing to get hung on the undercarriage and the body will be drug -- sometimes for quite a distance until it either is dislodged or someone discovers it.

As for the typical anti-immigrant comments, you guys just need to find a boulder and crawl under it -- or perhaps lay down and let a car drag you a ways so you can appreciate just how easy accidents happen. It never ceases to amaze me how the handful of racist/xenophobes always manage to turn any tragedy or misfortune into a rant against immigrants.

Posted by: MdLaw | February 24, 2010 7:52 AM | Report abuse

It's hard to believe the cruelity of some of these comments.

Posted by: mbrumble | February 24, 2010 8:37 AM | Report abuse

Well, I think she is white OR illegal alien they are the only groups who get away with murder weekly,blacks get away daily.

Posted by: foxxmacpryor | February 24, 2010 7:28 AM
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And whites get away daily with stealing and highway robbery.

So your point is?

Posted by: ceefer66 | February 24, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Well, I think she is white OR illegal alien they are the only groups who get away with murder weekly,blacks get away daily.

Posted by: foxxmacpryor | February 24, 2010 7:28 AM
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Hmmmm.

I'll be you're one of those losers who hates blacks and immigrants because you think they took "your" job and thereby kept you from amounting to something.

You probably also blame them for "ruining" your neighborhood, conveniently ignoring the fact the neighborhood was on its way down long before the blacks and immigrant arrived becuase everyone who could afford to - those who DID amount to something - had all left while you stayed because YOU couldn't afford to run.

Newsflash: You ain sh@t because you've never DONE sh@t.

Now you go and have a happy landing, LOSER.

Posted by: ceefer66 | February 24, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse

Quite frankly - whether the person was White or an illegal alien should not be the issue. HELLO!!! - Where is the sympathy for the victim and the victims family? Why does the skin color always have to play a part? Will we ever get beyond this? Probably not until Obama is out of the White House. It was always an issue but his being there has brought it front and center.

Posted by: phyllisr5 | February 24, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Quite frankly - whether the person was White or an illegal alien should not be the issue. HELLO!!! - Where is the sympathy for the victim and the victims family? Why does the skin color always have to play a part? Will we ever get beyond this? Probably not until Obama is out of the White House. It was always an issue but his being there has brought it front and center.

Posted by: phyllisr5 | February 24, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

I wonder how many people involved were using cell phones.

Posted by: SydneyP | February 24, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Henry Humphries was a childhood friend and it is very sad to see how much ignorance is in our world. Henry was a son, a brother, an uncle, and a friend to many that knew him. Please have some respect for relatives and friends that read this article and all the ridiculous comments that people have no business sharing. What if this had been your son, brother, uncle or friend?? R.I.P Henry

Posted by: dolson05 | February 24, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

@SydneyP: I bet you that is EXACTLY what happened here. She was most likely on the phone, not paying attention. A Quest is one of those MUCH HATED AND MALIGNED soccer mom cars and she was probably yelling at Timmy in the backseat at the same time...She deserves to be prosecuted for something!!

Posted by: sigmagrrl | February 24, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

geez i hate soccer moms

Posted by: slim4 | February 24, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

I am so tired of people driving like they ain't got no sense. Always in a hurry, whether they're speeding toward a stop light just to come to a stop, or speeding in a school zone. Dragged the poor man to his death. A dammn shame. Slow your butts down and stay off your cell phones !!

Posted by: Bajiquan | February 24, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

The hell was this b*itch smoking not to see a man laying in the road and then not realize she was dragging him??!!! WTF!

Posted by: bobby20 | February 24, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

The hell was this b*itch smoking not to see a man laying in the rooad and then not realize she was dragging him??!!! WTF!

Posted by: bobby20 | February 24, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

The hell was this b*itch smoking not to see a man laying in the rooad and then not realize she was dragging him??!!! WTF!

Posted by: bobby20 | February 24, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Got to pay attention when you jaywalk on the highway/major roads. You need to move like your butt is on fire. Asking people to put down their cellphones while they drive is like asking a shark to stop swimming. They have to share EVERY TINY detail of their lives with 50 of their closest friends/family on a 24-7 basis.

Posted by: uncivil | February 24, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

My God...It doesn't matter if its 2010 or 2050. It doesn't matter how "advanced" we are. At the end of the day people are just a higher life form of ANIMAL. Someone dies, and we dont express sympathy. We are not sadened and full of remorse because someone lost a father, son, brother, or husband. The best we can do is rear our ugly racists heads. I am both ashamed and embarassed for us all...

Posted by: Duke4 | February 24, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

I would very much like to see if she was using her cellphone or texting.

Posted by: civilrightist | February 24, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

What an awful way to die -- my heart goes out to the victim's family. I'd also like to find out if the driver was drunk, on a cell phone, or impaired in some way. How can you hit a person and not realize it? Jeez.....

Posted by: Baltimore11 | February 24, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

I just have to wonder how this lady didn't notice the other driver parked there, or wonder why he might be in what I would guess would be an awkward spot in the road...I don't know if he pulled over, or stopped where he hit the guy. Still, one had to be not paying any attention whatsoever not to notice something like that. Maybe this will teach the lady to open her eyes when she's driving. Driving is a skill that requires the utmost attention. At the very least, she needs to have her license pulled.

I have no sympathy for idiots who try to cross the road at inappropriate locations either. This wouldn't be a tragedy until the original guy that hit the man, had done so out of his own carelessness.

Posted by: akchild | February 24, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Also...for those of you saying she was probably illegal and afraid of the cops; I'm assuming she was the one that called the police when she discovered the body. If she had been afraid of that, she would have hidden the car and the body. I doubt that's the case. She was just plain old stupid.

Posted by: akchild | February 24, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

This article contradicts itself. Did she find a body or a dying man?

Posted by: member5 | February 24, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

According to an EMT on the scene Henry passed away after they got there but before they left for the hospital. Family will be interviewed on Fox Channel 5 news this evening at 6pm.

Posted by: dolson05 | February 24, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Can you believe this person works in the health Care field & thought what she hit was a Mannequin & didn't have the BALLS to STOP at the scene? What kind of person is this someone should REVOKE her health Care license!

Posted by: digtldesk | February 24, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

I have complete sympathy for this man and his family. What he suffered was a tragedy that no one should have to go through. However I know the Woodbridge woman. She saw a car in front of her swerve. Didn't react fast enough. I know how crazy it sounds that she didnt notice but her wheels didn't go over him she heard a small bump and nothing more the whole time. She wasn't on the phone though she was in the car with her sleeping 4 and 6 year old children. Yes. she should have stopped. That was a stupid mistake, but an honest one. Had she known that it was a person OBVIOUSLY she would have stopped. From what she described seeing- it was at night, all she saw was a lump on the road- and because of where it was, I would have thought it was a deer that had been hit. And, having already seen a man pulled over and on the phone, I would have thought "okay, someones already calling to get help." Stupid. But not as ridiculous as some of the things other people do intentionally while on the road.

Posted by: somebody19 | February 24, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Some streets in DC are such a pot holed filled mess, i.e., H Street, NE, that I can see running over a person and not knowing.

Posted by: loved1 | February 24, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

So many idiots on the road, rushing, acting like traffic laws are suggestions rather than rules, blabbing ad nauseum on their dopey cell phones, driving aggressively versus defensively. The victim suffered a horrible ending that did not have to be; maybe the woman was too lazy to pull over and check what she was dragging. Common decency is a thing of the past. Pedestrians are the most screwed and in many cases, are at fault for careless crossing. However, drivers have to be constantly vigilant that a pedestrian could cross at any time. Condolences to the deceased man's family. Homeless people have a hard enough time in this society as it is.

Posted by: jharlin00 | February 24, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse

She is UGLY

Posted by: dcdoug | February 24, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

This is a tragedy all the way around.

I wonder if the victin was wearing dark clothes. If he was, the woman probably did not see him laying in the road.

It doesn't sound like this was a deliberate act on her part. She did call the police right away.

This might be an over-reach on the part of the police.

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | February 24, 2010 11:43 PM | Report abuse

foxxmacpryor:

Even when in white person commits a crime, you still find a way to target blacks. I bet you're the creepy old white guy who sends mail bombs to people. But then again you're not intelligent enough to know how to do that.

You should move to the cornfields of Iowa if you have such a problem with blacks.

Posted by: brandip_77 | February 24, 2010 11:46 PM | Report abuse

I have known Henry and his family since I was a child. It makes me very sad to know that Henry's family might see some of the cruel insensitive things that have been posted here. He was a wonderful person who never hurt anyone. He will truely be missed. I hope that justice is served.

Posted by: jingles0309 | February 25, 2010 2:34 AM | Report abuse

Damn mannquins in the roadway. Why don't they stay in the dress shop windows where they belong?

Posted by: blasmaic | February 25, 2010 3:57 AM | Report abuse

Say, maybe Yach was noisily chewing on her Big Mac and didn't hear or sense the body under her moving vehicle for a mile or so.

Happens.

Posted by: kinkysr | February 25, 2010 7:28 AM | Report abuse

A "mannequin"???? Come on mam!!!!

Posted by: dc4life | February 25, 2010 8:33 AM | Report abuse

I hope this woman doesn't have offspring to carry on her clueless, ignorant genes.

Posted by: blackforestcherry | February 25, 2010 8:36 AM | Report abuse

Wow, jump to conclusions mush folks? We know so little about this incident that maybe its better to just express sorrow for the victim and wait to see what the criminal investigation yields. Regarding the victim, nobody deserves to die like this and it must be very difficult for his family. Regarding the driver, unless you were in her car and felt whatever she felt and saw what she saw, nobody is really in a position to say she should have known. She should have stopped immediately, but the article says she did call police when she arrived home a mile away. I'm not saying her actions are justified, I'm just pointing out that we know so little about this incident that it's dumb to be a critical of a person based on random guesswork.

Posted by: justanotherguy | February 25, 2010 9:05 AM | Report abuse

I'm always running over mannequins in the road. I wish they would stop hanging out in roads like that! Can't they loiter over on the side of the road or near the bus stops? One thing about mannequins that people tend to forget is that they can't seem to think for themselves. How many of you out there have hit a mannequin who was in the road and figured - "eh, what's the big deal, it's just a silly mannequin playing games with me again?" A mannequin ..... yeah OK lady!!!! You are as crazy as I am!

Posted by: hogfarmer55 | February 25, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

You know, around Halloween time we kids used to throw a straw-stuffed scarecrow on the road to see if people would stop. Just about every car would stop for a scarecrow. Guess times have changed -- now they don't even stop for real people laying in the road.

Posted by: Baltimore11 | February 25, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Let me tell you all, I have seen a dead body in the road from being hit by a car. Even if you cannot see it is a human being, it's large enough to know it's too big to run over!!! So this lady is a dangerous driver to begin with.

The body I saw was on a highway where people were at least doing 65 MPH and this was at night. Cars swerved to avoid the body (or lump in the road). For this lady to mistake hitting anything and too assume it was a mannequin, that's pure BS! she knew she had a body under the car.

In truth the 1st person probably killed the pedestrian. so this lady is not going to be on the hook for the major crime.

i assume many of the 1st post did not have the complete article and picture. nevertheless, your ignorance shows through. when the lady plays teh scared white woman game, she'll get off with a traffic ticket.

Posted by: oknow1 | February 25, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

At night on a road with a 45 or 55 mph speed limit, odds are she just didn't see a thing. Headlights are aimed low enough that they are only effective up to about 25 mph in illuminating the road in time to do anything about what you see (which is why people still hit nonmoving deer at 35 mph). Beyond that, we just use clues such as reflectors, taillights, or streetlamps to avoid collisions. At 45 or 55 like on Rte.28, she's lucky if she saw anything more than a little flash.

Posted by: chekhovskaya | February 25, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

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