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Torrance Drug Counselor Sherri Lynn Wilkins charged with pedestrian’s murder

TORRANCE – A Torrance woman suspected of slamming into a pedestrian and driving two miles while he was embedded in her windshield was charged today with murder and other counts, the District Attorney’s Office announced.

Sherri Lynn Wilkins, 51 is scheduled to be arraigned today in Torrance Superior Court, Department 4. She is charged in case YA086025 with 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, said Deputy District Attorney Lisa Houle.

Wilkins, a substance abuse counselor, allegedly hit Phillip Moreno about 11:15 p.m. Saturday as she was driving west on Torrance Boulevard near Madrid Avenue. She 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 31-year-old Moreno later died at an area hospital.

Wilkins, who has two prior burglary convictions and is a third striker, is being held on $2.25 million bail. If convicted as charged, she faces up to life in prison.

–Source: Media Office of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office