A Southern California woman suspected of driving drunk after work hit a pedestrian in Torrance and drove more than two miles with the dying victim stuck in her windshield, police said today.
The man died later at a hospital, Torrance police Sgt. Robert Watt said.
Sherri Wilkins, 51, of Torrance apparently panicked when she struck the man at 11:25 p.m. Saturday on Torrance Boulevard near Madrid Avenue.
"He is literally embedded in her hood and into the windshield," Watt said. "She knew he was somehow embedded into her car but she panicked."
Police said Wilkins was driving her Mitsubisi Eclipse west on Torrance Boulevard when she hit the man. She turned right on Crenshaw Boulevard and kept driving until concerned citizens swarmed her car at 182nd Street an told her to stop because a man was hanging on the hood.
The victim, identified as Phillip Moreno, 31, of Torrance, was able to speak to paramedics, but died at a hospital. Police officers believe he was crossing Torrance Boulevard when he was struck but have no witnesses.
Officers do not know how fast Wilkins was driving.
Traffic investigators did not release the results of Wilkins' breath test, but said her blood-alcohol measured at nearly twice the legal limit for driving.
County court records show Wilkins was charged on July 16, 2010 with driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident, and being under the influence of a controlled substance.
Wilkins, who told police officers she was coming from work, was booked at the Torrance jail on suspicion of drunken driving, manslaughter and hit-and-run driving.
"This is just another tragic reminder that impaired driving is drunk driving and fatal crashes can happen if someone is driving while intoxicated," Watt said.
Anyone who witnessed the initial accident was asked to call police at 310-618-5557.