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Drug Counselor Suspected In DUI Death of Pedestrian Charged With Murder

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A substance abuse counselor accused of driving under the influence and fatally striking a pedestrian, who rode over two miles while embedded in the car's windshield will face multiple charges, including murder.Sherri Lynn Wilkins, 51, has "two prior burglary convictions and is a third striker," according to the L.A. County District Attorney's Office, and therefore faces life in prison for the death of Phillip Moreno, 31.

Wilkins is suspected of hitting Moreno at about 11:15 p.m. Saturday as she was driving west on Torrance Boulevard near Madrid Avenue in Torrance. The suspect allegedly continued driving another two miles before witnesses surrounded her car at Crenshaw Boulevard and 182nd Street and detained her until police arrived and arrested her.

The slate of charges to be levied against Wilkins are: one felony count each of murder, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, DUI causing injury, driving with a .08 percent or higher blood alcohol causing injury, and leaving the scene of an accident, per Deputy District Attorney Lisa Houle.

Wilkins is being held on $2.25 million bail.