Photo: Drunk Teen Runs Over, Kills Two Sleeping Homeless People
A Los Angeles teen has been booked on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter for running over and killing two sleeping homeless people Sunday morning.
Police believe 19-year-old Carmen Elena Chavez was drunk when she ran over a man and woman who were sleeping on a sidewalk in downtown Los Angeles.
In order to remove the bodies of the unidentified victims, police reportedly had to use the jaws of life to break apart the 1989 Mercedes-Benz to get underneath it. Chavez dragged the victims approximately 50 feet before stopping.
Chavez and several other people in the car had just left a party when the incident occurred. A number of the occupants fled, but Chavez and the owner of the vehicle were arrested.
Witnesses say all occupants, including Chavez, fled the scene but later returned to retrieve purses and other belongings.
Police have said they believe Chavez was driving drunk and speeding when she attempted to make a turn and lost control of the vehicle.
She was booked into the Los Angeles County Jail in lieu of $100,000.