NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) - A driver and car crashed into a Newport News home May 27, injuring an elderly woman and killing her husband.
Neighbors stood by in disbelief. Crews worked to stabilize the structure that one couple in their 70's has lived in for nearly a decade. All the while, the mangled car that left a gaping hole in the house's kitchen wall sat just feet away.
The house at 2200 Timberneck Lane in Kiln Creek was the scene of a car crash Monday around 3:45 p.m. when a female driving a white Nissan lost control, crossed a median and drove into the kitchen area of the home.
Harold Eley with the Newport News Police Department confirmed an elderly married couple were standing in their kitchen when the crash occurred, both were injured and transported to a hospital.
The 75-year-old man, Charles Stitt, Sr., died at the hospital around 7 p.m. and his 73-year-old wife is in stable condition.
"It was awful. It was like a horror movie. It as terrible," said Mary Johnson , a neighbor who spoke to the Stitts right before and after the impact.
Johnson had just been strawberry picking with the Stitts' for Memorial Day.
"I came into my house, and they went into theirs, and a few minutes later bam," she said. "I went out my backdoor and into their yard that's next to my garage, and the window was broken, the door was open, and I was calling for them."
"I said ‘are you ok?' and he said ‘no' and I could hear her voice in the background, but I couldn't see her," said Johnson.
"It was just a disaster. I went to the door, I couldn't get in their kitchen door because it was all crushed and the car was right at the door," she said. "I looked at the window, and he was right up against the house, and the kitchen table was right on him."
"He was saying he couldn't feel his legs and he was blue in the face," Johnson said.
Johnson said several neighbors rushed in to help until medics arrived. Once the couple was taken to the hospital, spectators could see right into the couple's living room and beyond.
As the driver's car was being towed away, the pile of things broken grew. Crews pieced together what could be saved and boarded up the place the Stitts have called home.
38-year-old Jennifer Mangum of Newport News was charged with DUI, reckless driving, DUI maiming and DUI manslaughter. She is being held at the Newport News City Jail.
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