Newport News, Va (WAVY) - The Newport News woman who crashed her car into a home is now charged with killing one of the homeowners.
38-year-old Jennifer Mangum is charged with DUI manslaughter for the death of 75-year-old Charles Stitt Sr. and DUI maiming for injuries to his wife, Sharon Stitt.
Police said Mangum drove a car into the couple's home in the Kiln Creek neighborhood Monday afternoon.
A neighbor, Valerie Drue, who is also a nurse, came running to help. Drue has 18 years of medical experience, but nothing, not even her years in the ER, prepared her for what she saw.
"When I saw what I saw, I don't even think I stopped. All I thought about was just the people who was in the house," she said.
Right away, Drue spotted a woman staggering through the glass and rubble.
"She kept asking for her husband," Drue said.
Drue said Sharon Stitt had a gash between her eyes and an even bigger one on the back of her head.
"She was antsy and nervous about her husband, and she had blood all over her face, blood all over her shirt," Due said.
The car had pushed Stitt's husband Charles all the way to the back of the home. Drue wanted to reunite them, but thought it too risky.
"All I kept thinking was 'head injury, if this woman gets up and starts walking and falls she could die'," Drue said.
So she sat Mrs. Stitt down and tried to bring calm to the chaos, but Mrs. Stitt could only focus on her husband.
"She said he had a heart attack, he had diabetes. She was just rambling stuff off about his health and how weak he was," Drue said.
Charles Stitt was in the kitchen getting a glass of water when the car crashed through the wall.
Other bystanders got the driver out of her car when they smelled gas. Drue told WAVY.com that "she just looked glazed; she had no bruises, no scrapes, no cuts."
Drue said Mangum staggered all over the scene and right up to the victim.
"She was all over [Mrs. Stitt] going 'Are you ok?' Slurred speech and droopy eyes," Drue said.
Drue asked some men to get Mangum out of their sight and she stayed with Mrs. Stitt until the ambulance came and took her away.
Jennifer Mangum is in jail. She is due back in court next month. This is her first DWI offense.
Mrs. Stitt is in the hospital and expected to recover.
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