Sleeping Teen Killed by Alleged Drunk Driver

Elsewhere, car smashes into church during Easter service
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 21, 2014 2:02 AM CDT
Sleeping Teen Killed by Alleged Drunk Driver
An apartment building is boarded up after an alleged drunken driver went through the wall early Sunday, April 20, 2014.   (AP Photo/Antelope Valley Press, John Wise)

A 16-year-old girl was killed in her bed when a suspected drunk driver slammed into her apartment building shortly before 4am yesterday in Palmdale, Calif., police say. The 20-year-old driver has been arrested on charges of DUI and vehicular manslaughter, reports NBC. Police believe he missed a turn on his way home when his SUV plowed into the building at a speed witnesses say was around 80mph. Around half of the 11-unit complex was evacuated due to fear of leaking fuel.

In Sarasota, Fla., another driver has been charged with vehicular manslaughter after driving into a house early Saturday morning, killing a 62-year-old woman. Police responding to reports of a domestic disturbance were chasing 24-year-old Jakeilah Weeks on foot when she hit the house, reports WPTV. Elsewhere in Florida, nearly two dozen people were injured when a car crashed through the walls of a church in Fort Myers during an Easter service, CNN reports. Police say the driver has told them her brakes failed in the church parking lot and the incident appears to be a "very unfortunate accident rather than a criminal act." (More drunk driving stories.)

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