On January 12, 2008 at 10 a.m., Tomeka Charee Harris fell asleep at the wheel while under the influence of a methamphetamine. She lost control of her car as she was exiting an off ramp at a high rate of speed and crashed into a fence and a utility pole. Harris, her boyfriend and her 2-year-old daughter were all rushed to the hospital. Her daughter, Zharia Keheian, and her boyfriend, Alfred Flores, had been killed. She was arrested for vehicular manslaughter by unlawful act and gross negligence while intoxicated. She was charged with these crimes and pled guilty to both of them this week. She is expected to be sentenced to 6 years in prison, in return for her guilty plea.
It is always a serious reality check when someone drives drunk and kills someone. They are normally given some form of punishment that reminds them not to do it again. In Harris’ case, everyday she has to live with the thought of killing her daughter and boyfriend. Killing someone can be a serious consequence of driving while under the influence and anyone who drives while intoxicated risks killing themselves or someone else. Whether you live in Santa Ana, Newport Beach or Lake Forest, if you are charged with DUI manslaughter, call an experienced DUI defense attorney right away to assist you.