Skip to main content
  1. Life
  2. Family & Parenting
  3. Family

Father charged with DUI after his vehicle hits and kills daughter

See also

A little 12 year-old girl stepped out of her father’s SUV to have pictures taken with a boy after their first date. Her father's vehicle then struck and killed her. He has been charged with DUI.

Richard Benton, 53, refused a field sobriety and breath tests. Officers responding to the scene wanted the tests because Benton was slurring his words and smelled of alcohol.

Benton told the police officers that he thought the vehicle was in park. The little girl’s mother stated, Benton “was messing around with the gear shifter” before he got out of the vehicle to take the picture after dropping off the girls’ date.

The car then began rolling backward and stuck Shamera Harris. The SUV then dragged Harris 50 feet before it came to a stop after hitting a tree.

Police Sgt. Tom Huerbin stated, “He [Benton] misjudged it from what we’re being told.” Lt. Daniel Herrmann called the incident a “terrible accident” and revealed that police will inspect the vehicle to determine if it was working properly.

“Herrmann said, “If there’s reason to believe he’s responsible for this girl’s death, then there will be more charges. It’s one of those things where you have to go wait and see. You have a lot more investigation to go.”

If you liked this article and want instant updates of all the celebrity stories, click the Subscribe button. To keep up with everything Kelly writes, follow her on Facebook and Twitter or connect on Pinterest. Find more by Kelly on her website.

©Kelly Cozzone, All Rights Reserved. No part of this article may be reproduced without prior permissions from the author. The first two sentences may be reposted with a link back to the original article.

Advertisement

Life

  • Randy Travis
    Randy Travis returns with 'Influence Vol. 2: The Man I Am' in August
    Today's Buzz
  • Alternative medicine
    Alternative medicine: Remedies to make the bugs in your body go away for good
    Camera
    7 Photos
  • Beach body
    Fitness: Earn your beach body badge with bootcamp classes
    Camera
    10 Photos
  • Back to school
    These 10 items are sure winners on your back-to-school shopping trip
    Camera
    12 Photos
  • Izabel Goulart
    Izabel Goulart walks the runway with Studio F at Colombia Moda
    Camera
    19 Photos
  • Ombre' technique
    Go for the gusto: What ombre' technique are you?
    Camera
    5 Photos