A man police say was under the influence faces a vehicular homicide charge after he allegedly ran over a woman with a van late Monday and dragged her body before leaving the scene, reports state.
Leo Marvin Matthews IV, whose 32nd birthday is Wednesday, faces several charges in connection with the death of Elizabeth Shingles, 18, police reports state. According to Muscogee County Coroner Bill Thrower, Shingles was sitting on the front porch of her 1213 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. apartment in Columbus late Monday when a vehicle left the road and struck Shingles, who was sitting on her front porch.
Reports state that the suspect was driving west on Martin Luther King. Jr. Boulevard in a 1995 Ford Super Wagon around 11:20 p.m. As he approached the intersection of Shepherd Drive, he locked his brakes in an attempt to stop colliding with a vehicle that was turning north onto Shepherd.
The suspect stopped his car, then backed up so he could make a right into Shingles’ apartment complex, where the suspect also lived. However, the suspect’s vehicle jumped the curb, went through some bushes and collided with Shingles, police said.
Reports state that the suspect kept going after colliding with Shingles, dragging her until the vehicle collided with her apartment. After stopping, the suspect left the scene, police said.
Shingles was taken to The Medical Center, where she was admitted at 11:48 p.m. She was pronounced dead at 12:25 a.m., the coroner said.
Thrower said the woman had minor scratches and abrasions, though her official cause of death won’t be known until an autopsy — scheduled for Wednesday — is completed.
Matthews was booked into the Muscogee County Jail at 5:07 a.m., jail officials said. He faces charges including first-degree vehicular homicide, DUI, driving while license suspended or revoked, leaving the scene of an accident, reckless driving, duty to report an accident involving a death, injury or property damage, duty upon striking a fixed object and no proof of insurance.
Matthews’ Columbus Recorder’s Court date is scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday.