By John Clark
A drug and alcohol counselor in California was arrested for an alleged DUI this week, which shows just how common the crime is, according to a report from ABC News.
Sources say 51-year-old Sherri Lyn Wilkins, a rehabilitation counselor at Twin Town Treatment Center in Torrance, California, is facing charges of manslaughter and drunk driving after striking and killing a pedestrian.
The details of the accident are gruesome. Sources say the victim, 31-year-old Philip Moreno, was trying to cross a busy intersection when Wilkins struck him head-on with her vehicle.
Shockingly, after striking Moreno, Wilkins continued to drive for two miles while the man was stuck in her windshield. Several witnesses reportedly forced Wilkins to stop after seeing the man in her windshield.
According to Sgt. Robert Watt, a police officer in Torrance, Wilkins “had panicked behind the wheel after striking the gentleman and did not know what to do.”
Moreno had been with friends at a bar watching a sporting event when he left early to walk home. According to his friend, Jennifer Grebb, Moreno decided to walk home instead of drive because he was “doing the right thing.”
Sadly, if the allegations are true, Wilkins certainly did the wrong thing, as she chose to drive while intoxicated despite her close personal knowledge of the dangers of drunk driving.
Sources suggest that Wilkins had her own troubles with substance abuse before stepping into the role of a rehabilitation counselor at Twin Town.
According to the facility’s CEO, David Lisonbee, who confirmed that Wilkins had been working there before the accident, “[n]o one, including counselors, are immune from the possibility of relapse.”
Lisonbee also noted that he and his cohorts were “comfortable that she was in a program of recovery for a period of time prior to this incident.” Sources say that Wilkins will be back in court this week for an initial hearing.
Alas, despite Wilkins’ intimate knowledge of the perils of drunk driving, she chose to get behind the wheel while she was intoxicated. Her story can serve as a cautionary tale to others.
In recent months, counselors, ministers, and other community leaders have all caused DUI accidents across the country. These incidents reveal that, despite the progress that has been made, drunk driving remains a common, but easily preventable, crime.
Instead of driving drunk, hail a taxi, take public transportation, or call a friend. The potential consequences of driving drunk far outweigh any perceived benefits.