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9 yr. old girl killed in Temecula car crash

January 28, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
In Temecula a 9-year-old girl has been killed in a horrifying crash. Police say the girl's mother was behind the wheel drunk and speeding up to 100 miles an hour.

A memorial of flowers, candles, and stuffed animals mark the spot where 9-year-old Chloe Honeycutt lost her life. On Wednesday the 4th grader was killed after the Jeep Cherokee she was riding in hit a concrete median.

"She was alone, she was alone and I just picked her up in my arms," said Lorraine Yelton who witnessed the crash.

"I held her in my arms and rocked her," said Yelton. She was the first to reach Chloe and stayed by the girl's side singing and praying. "I know I was with her in the end."

Chloe's mother, 41-year-old Karen Honeycutt was at the wheel. Investigators believe Honeycutt had been drinking and was speeding when she crashed her vehicle, injuring herself and her two other children.

"It was like everything stood still and everybody was screaming and yelling," said Stephanie Nedlik who heard the impact from her home just above the roadway. Friday she came to lay flowers at the crash site.

"As soon as I heard it was a little kid I just hugged her and held her tight. I can't believe that a mother would do that. It's just unbelieveable," said Nedlik.

Just before the crash Honeycutt had picked her children up from school. Chloe was a student at Pauba Valley Elementary School.

"Chloe was a sweet, kind hearted, exceptional girl who will be greatly missed by her Pauba friends," said Chloe's teacher in a statement. "Chloe's beautiful smile and kind heart will always be remembered."

"I want her parents to know Chloe was not alone, she was in my arms and I held her and I told her, her mom and dad loved her," said Yelton.

Honeycutt was to appear in court today, however due to her injuries she was unable to do so. She is being held on $1 million bail.

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