A woman who works at a Torrance drug treatment center allegedly hit a pedestrian while driving drunk and continued to drive with the man embedded in her windshield.
Angel Baldenegro, right, holds his daughter Melissa, 10, at the site of a memorial where his friend Phillip Moreno was hit by a motorist along Torrance Boulevard in Torrance on Saturday night. Bud Light beer bottles, a miniature Dodgers bat, a Kobe Bryant jersey, balloons and flowers lay at the memorial along with notes with Moreno’s nickname, “Chud.” - Chud mad a big thud on the windshield.
Sherri Wilkins wrote in a Myspace profile that "she used to be into drugs very heavy" and "with that came terrible choices."
Wilkins was trying to turn her life around: She wrote that she had been sober for 11 years, had reconnected with family and, according to state records, earned a certification in drug and alcohol counseling. She was working at a Torrance treatment center, helping others battle the addiction she tried to put behind her.
But over the weekend, Wilkins allegedly struck a pedestrian while driving drunk on Torrance Boulevard and kept driving for more than two miles with the man embedded in her windshield, according to police.
Torrance police arrested the 51-year-old on suspicion of driving under the influence and manslaughter. Wilkins told officers she "panicked" after the crash Saturday night and simply kept driving, said Sgt. Robert Watt.