DUI suspect who struck man was addiction counselor

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Updated: 11/26/2012 6:49 pm

TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) — The woman suspected of driving under the influence when she hit a pedestrian and drove with the dying man on her hood for more than two miles has worked as a drug and alcohol counselor and was a former addict.

Her former employer says 51-year-old Sherri Wilkins is an outstanding counselor who showed no signs of relapse before the accident late Saturday night in Torrance.

Police say 31-year-old Phillip Moreno was crossing the street when he was hit, and Wilkins drove with him on the hood until fellow motorists persuaded her to stop.

Sgt. Robert Watt says the victim was knocked out of his shoes and shorts at the scene of the collision. He says Moreno said she panicked after the accident and kept driving.

Wilkins is due in court Tuesday.


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