TORRANCE LA – The grief and love of friends and family were expressed by the candles and flowers Sunday to commemorate a good man killed by an alleged drunk driver that Saturday night in Torrance.
According to traffic officials, the operator identified as Sherri Wilkins, age 51, resident of Torrance, hit 31-year-old Phillip Moreno and did not stop but continued to drive for two more miles with him clinging to her hood.
Amanda Burden from the press interviewed Moreno’s friends and loved ones. Kayla Olivo was shocked to learn about her friend’s death. She said that it seems so heartbreaking to imagine this terrible thing happening to anybody.
Moreno, called by good friends as Chud, was hit just before 11:30 o’clock in the evening after he left a neighborhood bar. He was crossing tin the intersection of Torrance Boulevard and Madrid Avenue when he was hit by a car.
Friend Michele Travett said she was going in the opposite direction to drop her cousin off and when she returned, she saw a shoe here and then I got a phone call that the cops were all over the place.
Concerned witnesses told police they forced Wilkins to stop driving. She was immediately taken into custody and charged with DUI and manslaughter.
Moreno was transported to a hospital but he succumbed from his life-threatening injuries.
Olivo said that was terrible an ordeal you would not wish to happen even to your enemies.
Police confirmed that the erring driver, Wilkins has prior convictions, but would not say if they were for hit-and-run or DUI arrests, as his friends alleged. They confirmed that her blood alcohol level was well above the legal limit.
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Source: CBS Los Angeles