Homeowner dies after car crashes into house in Newport News


by 13News


Posted on May 27, 2013 at 9:57 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 2 at 3:58 PM

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NEWPORT NEWS -- 75-year-old Charles "Kent" Stitt, Sr. died Monday night,  several hours after a car crashed into his home, pinning him under the car.

His 73-year-old wife, Sharon, was hurt. She still was in the hospital Tuesday, listed in fair condition.

Neighbors say the car was on Brick Kiln Boulevard heading toward Kiln Creek Parkway when it jumped a median, crossed into oncoming traffic and slammed into the side of the Stittses' house on Timberneck Lane. The 2008 Nissan ran through the living and dining rooms and ended up in the kitchen.

"He was pinned under the front of the car, under a table, and, so, I got him up and got him out the back window there," said Lawrence Davis who rushed to the home and into it after hearing the sound of screeching tires and the crash that followed.

"He kept complaining about where's his wife, where's his wife, so  I didn't see her at all. I went back in and saw a whole bunch of rubble up under this table, and a chair, and part of a wall. She was under there," Davis told 13News.

After rescuing Sharon Stitt, he went back to help the driver, identified as Jennifer Magnum.

"That really flipped me out, you know, 'cause they're nice people. I love them," Mary Johnson said.

Late Monday night, police charged Mangum, 38, with DUI, Reckless Driving, DUI maiming and DUI manslaughter.  

She was arraigned Tuesday morning and is due in court again on July 22, according to online court records.

Johnson spent much of the day with the Stittses. They'd gone strawberry picking as part of it and returned to their respective homes a short time before the car hit the house.

"The husband was saying his legs wouldn't work. He couldn't work his legs," said Johnson. "She had a lot of blood, head and shoulder."

Jene Arthur-White was a friend to the couple and says they spent 12 years as school crossing guards, protecting children from getting hit by cars. "They were fine people," said Aruthur-White.