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Think before you get behind the wheel...

This happened right around the corner from my home yesterday:

Girl, 9, dies in crash; mom arrested

07:18 AM PST on Thursday, January 27, 2011

By SARAH BURGE The Press-Enterprise

A 9-year-old girl died Wednesday and two of her siblings were injured in a suspected DUI crash in Temecula in which their mother was behind the wheel.

Karen Honeycutt, 41, of Temecula, was arrested on suspicion of murder and three counts of DUI causing injury, said Lt. Ron Heim of the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

Coroner's officials identified the dead girl as Chloe Honeycutt of Temecula.

Karen Honeycutt was driving a 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee on Vail Ranch Parkway near Redhawk Parkway when she lost control shortly before 3 p.m., striking a concrete light pole and a tall tree in the center divider, Heim said. The crash crumpled the front of the SUV, leveled the pole and somehow sheared off the top part of the tree.

Chloe and a 17-year-old passenger were not wearing seat belts, and both were ejected, said Sgt. Mark Leggett. An 8-year-old was wearing his safety belt, and was not ejected.

Karen and Chloe Honeycutt were taken to Inland Valley Regional Medical Center in Wildomar, where Chloe was pronounced dead. Karen Honeycutt was reportedly conscious Wednesday evening with moderate injuries, Heim said.

The 8-year-old and a 17-year-old were taken to Riverside County Regional Medical Center in Moreno Valley. The 17-year-old suffered a broken back; the 8-year-old had what appeared to be minor to moderate injuries, authorities said.

Vail Ranch Parkway was blocked off four-plus hours as deputies investigated.

Near the crashed SUV, a pair of small boots and debris were scattered across the pavement.

Answer Question

Asked by gdiamante at 12:08 PM on Jan. 27, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (7)
  • OMG, that is absolutely horrible! That woman should be behind bars!

    Answer by Justice828 at 12:10 PM on Jan. 27, 2011

  • so sad....

    Answer by layh41407 at 12:10 PM on Jan. 27, 2011

  • That's sad.

    Answer by sweetpea1217 at 12:12 PM on Jan. 27, 2011

  • Small world! You live close to me!

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:19 PM on Jan. 27, 2011

  • Sad.....

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 12:24 PM on Jan. 27, 2011

  • Criminal is what that is- Driving legally drunk before 3PM, I'd say that you have a drinking problem.


    Answer by Sisteract at 5:56 PM on Jan. 27, 2011

  • Selfish murderous mother. Disgusting.

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 9:21 PM on Jan. 27, 2011

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