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Woman who drove with man on windshield convicted of murder, DUI

Sherri Lynn Wilkins, 51, appears in court on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012.
February 4, 2014 12:00:00 AM PST
A substance-abuse counselor who struck a pedestrian in Torrance and then drove two miles with him on her windshield was convicted Tuesday of second-degree murder, drunken driving and hit-and-run.

Sherri Lynn Wilkins, 52, was so drunk on the night of the accident in November 2012 that she hit pedestrian Philip Moreno, 31, on Torrance Boulevard and kept on going. For 2.3 miles, witnesses said she tried to dislodge the dying man caught on her windshield.

Witnesses surrounded her car at Crenshaw Boulevard and 182nd Street, bringing it to a stop. Moreno later died at a hospital.

Prosecutors say Wilkins' blood-alcohol level was nearly twice the legal limit for driving. Wilkins told police that she didn't stop because she panicked.

Wilkins' sentencing hearing is scheduled for March 26. She faces 55 years to life in prison, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

Prior to the November 2012 incident, Wilkins had a previous hit-and-run arrest, but charges were not pursued because tests found she was not under the influence of any substance.

Wilkins worked as a drug and alcohol rehab counselor at Twin Town Treatment Center in Torrance. She was a recovering addict who was working as a substance abuse counselor.


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