Addiction counselor charged with murder in DUI

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TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) – Los Angeles County prosecutors have filed murder and drunken-driving charges against a substance abuse counselor who allegedly struck a pedestrian and drove for more than two miles with the dying victim on the hood of her car.

Fifty-one-year-old Sherri Wilkins is expected to be arraigned sometime Tuesday in suburban Torrance.

In addition to murder, Wilkins is charged with gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and causing injury while driving under the influence, among other allegations.

If convicted, she faces up to life in prison.

The victim, 31-year-old Phillip Moreno, was struck late Saturday. Witnesses surrounded the car about two miles later and detained Wilkins. Moreno died at a hospital.

Wilkins is being held on $2.25 million bail.

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