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DUI suspect drives with pedestrian on car's hood

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POSTED November 25, 2012 7:10 p.m.

TORRANCE (AP) — An alleged drunken driver hit a pedestrian and drove with the dying man on her car's hood for more than two miles in Torrance before witnesses stopped her, authorities said Sunday.

Sherri Wilkins, 51, was arrested late Saturday on suspicion of driving under the influence and manslaughter, said Torrance police Sgt. Robert Watt.

Phillip Moreno was crossing Torrance Boulevard near Madrid Avenue when he was hit shortly after 11 p.m. Wilkins drove approximately 2.3 miles with the 31-year-old man on the hood of the car, until fellow motorists persuaded her to stop near Crenshaw Boulevard and 182nd Street, according to a police statement.

She told investigators she knew she had struck someone but kept driving "because she was panicking," Watt said.

Moreno, of Torrance, was alive when officers arrived, Watt said. He was rushed to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Police found his shoes and shorts at the scene of the collision.

"He was knocked out of his clothes," Watt said.

Investigators are asking witnesses who saw the collision to contact police.

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