A 51-year-old female motorist is accused of having been intoxicated when she hit and killed a male pedestrian. Police said that she was working as a manager at a facility that promotes sober living for its residents, many of whom have struggled with alcohol addiction.
The accident occurred in Southern California at approximately 11:25 p.m. one night last month as the pedestrian was crossing the street while on his way home from a social evening with friends. He was still alive and lying on top of her car when it eventually stopped. He was rushed to a nearby hospital, but soon died.
Law enforcement officers who placed the driver under arrest stated in their official report that her blood-alcohol level had reached twice the allowable legal limit before the accident.
The motorist herself stated on her MySpace page that she used to be heavily involved in drugs. She lists her current occupation as providing drug and alcohol counseling to others. Her MySpace page also claims that she has been free of drug use for the past 11 years and does not drink. She also states that she earned a degree in drug and alcohol counseling. But police records show that she was arrested two years ago for being under the influence of a controlled substance, DUI, and leaving an accident scene.
Criminal charges lodged against her included drunk driving and vehicular manslaughter. She was confined in a county jail in lieu of $100,000 in bail.
The woman's actions -- especially in light of her career and claims of sobriety -- undoubtedly came as a shock both to the victim's family and the people she counsels in her job. One patient at the treatment facility where the woman works said he felt betrayed after hearing about the accident. While drunk-driving accidents are never acceptable, the circumstances around this case may make it even harder for the victim's loved ones to grasp how this crash could have happened.
Source: Mercury News, "Dying man on windshield: Accused driver works at California sober-living facility," Larry Altman, Nov. 27, 2012
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