A Pennsylvania girl’s first date turned tragic last weekend when her father, who was allegedly under the influence of alcohol, failed to properly place the family’s SUV in park, which caused the vehicle to roll backward. 12-year-old Shamera Harris of Pittsburgh was killed after she stepped out of the SUV to pose for a picture following her first date. The girl was reportedly struck and dragged by her father’s vehicle for about 50 feet. The vehicle finally came to a stop when it hit a tree.
Authorities arrived on the scene to find the girl’s 53-year-old father, Richard Benton, smelling of alcohol and slurring his speech. Benton refused to undergo field sobriety testing at the scene of the accident, and was arraigned on DUI charges on Monday.
Police are continuing to investigate what has been described as a horrible accident. Benton allegedly believed that the vehicle was in park before he exited the vehicle to take his daughter’s picture.… Read More