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Centreville Man Is Killed

Involuntary manslaughter is charged.

A Triangle man has been charged with felony hit-and-run and involuntary manslaughter in connection with the Nov. 22 death of a 40-year-old Centreville man. The victim was Soo Chang Yang of Centreville's Belle Pond Farm community.

Virginia State Police apprehended Quentin J. Jones, 24, of 19013 Queen Drive, at the scene. They say he was allegedly fleeing from authorities in a stolen car at the time of the tragedy. He's now being held without bond in the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center and, if convicted, could receive more than 40 years in prison.

According to police, around 9:03 p.m. that night, a 1993 Dodge passed through police radar at 83 mph in a 55 mph zone on I-66 east at Route 29. State Trooper J. Korson tried to stop the vehicle, but it instead exited I-66 onto Route 50.

The car continued onto Shirley Gate Road, traveled east to Route 29 north and drove through the City of Fairfax and onto Route 50 east. At Allen Street in Falls Church, police say the Dodge ran a red light and struck Yang's 2000 Lexus that was proceeding through the intersection. He was pronounced dead at Inova Fairfax Hospital, and state police arrested Jones.

Besides felony hit-and-run and involuntary manslaughter, they also charged him with carjacking and abduction/kidnapping. When police caught up with Jones that night, said state police spokesman Sgt. Wallace L. Bouldin Jr., "The passenger in his vehicle claimed he'd been abducted."

But that's not all. Jones was also charged with felony reckless driving with intent to elude, DUI and driving on a revoked or suspended license. Authorities also served him with outstanding warrants alleging domestic assault and unlawful entry. They'd been issued by Fairfax County for suspected prior offenses.

Carjacking, alone, is punishable by as much as 15 years in prison, and felony hit-and-run carries a possible five-year penalty. Involuntary manslaughter and abduction/kidnapping each come with possible 10-year sentences. Jones has a Jan. 14 court date.