Photo: Drunk Alcohol Counselor Hits Man With Car, Drives Another 2 Miles with Him in Windshield
A man is dead after he was struck by a drunk driver as he crossed the street and the driver traveled more than 2 miles before stopping.
Police say 51-year-old Sherri Wilkins of Torrance, California was driving drunk when she struck 31-year-old Philip Moreno at around 11:25 p.m. Saturday evening.
Wilkins’ blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit when she hit Moreno so hard he was pulled out of his shoes and embedded into her windshield and hood.
Rather than stop however, Wilkins continued to drive another 2.3 miles before other drivers forced her to stop. Police say she continued to drive because she panicked. There were no reported witnesses to the actual collision, but police are still searching.
When emergency responders arrived, Moreno was suffering from severe injuries, but was able to speak to officers at the scene. He was taken to the hospital in critical condition, but did not survive his injuries.
In a strange twist, Wilkins is a drug and alcohol counselor at Twin Town Treatment Center in Torrance, CA and one of her clients was reportedly related to Moreno.
Wilkins was booked on charges of manslaughter, suspicion of drunken driving, and hit-and-run driving.
She told officers she was driving home from work when she hit Moreno, who was walking home after a night out.
This was not Wilkins first arrest. Two years ago she was charged in a similar incident. On July 16, 2010 Wilkins was charged with driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident, and being under the influence of a controlled substance.
Police are asking that anyone who witnessed the initial accident to call police at (310) 618-5557.