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55 years for drunk woman who drove with dying man embedded in windscreen

PUBLISHED : Friday, 13 June, 2014, 11:05pm
UPDATED : Friday, 13 June, 2014, 11:07pm
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A drunk substance abuse counsellor who drove for 3km with a pedestrian embedded in her car's windscreen after she hit him has been jailed for 55 years.

Sherri Lynn Wilkins, 53, was convicted in February of second degree murder, driving under the influence and leaving the scene of the crash that killed Phillip Moreno, 31.

Wilkins drove through a Los Angeles suburb on November 12, 2012, with Moreno stuck in her windscreen, before another motorist signalled for her to stop.

When she eventually did she smoked a cigarette as bystanders tried to help the injured man. Moreno died in hospital.

At her trial, Wilkins insisted she was not drunk at the time, although she had consumed three vodka shots with beer and tomato juice.

She said it appeared to her that the man "came from the sky", describing it as "like a blur of something, like a flash of something".

"It was very shocking and very strange," she said of the incident, adding: "I didn't know what was going on ... I don't feel like I had hit him with my car."

The judge described her "extraordinary callousness" when she swerved in a bid to shake Moreno off the car, rather than stopping to seek help for him.