Karen Honeycutt, a convicted drunk driver, has been charged with second degree murder, gross vehicular manslaughter, and DUI. Prosecutors are seeking a sentencing enhancement because she has several previous convictions for driving under the influence of alcohol.
This occurred following a car crash in which Karen was picking up her kids from school. Out of the three children, ages 8, 9, and a 17 year old stepson, only the 8 year old had his seat belt on. 9 year old Chloe and 17 year old Charles, which I read has Cerebral Palsy, were thrown from the vehicle. Chloe had multiple injuries and died at the scene. Charles Williams Jr. has a broken back, and 8 year old Zachary had minor injuries. Karen Honeycutt had a broken neck and is being kept in the jail ward at the hospital.
According to witnesses and reports Karen, on her way to pick up another son from high school, was driving at speeds up to 100mph, lost control of the car and hit a concrete light pole and a tall tree in the center divider. The crash crumpled the front of the Jeep, leveled the light pole, and somehow sheared off the top of the tree.
Lorraine Yelton, who was a law enforcement officer in London, said she was driving with her two daughters when she saw Karen’s SUV zoom past. Moments later, they saw it crash and people flying from the Jeep.
First, Yelton went to the SUV where Zach was crying for his mother saying she was still inside. They found her in the back of the vehicle, apparently she wasn’t wearing a seat belt either. Charles was unconscious lying on the ground.
That’s when she saw Chloe. She lay on the ground next to her and tried to comfort her. “I held the little one in my arms and I sang to her and I said a prayer for her.” “Her face was beautiful. I told her to hang in there, that her mum and dad love her,” she said. “I knew that she had died in my arms.”
Yelton stated that not long after the crash Karen’s son, while walking home from school, happened on the scene and recognized his mom’s car and started screaming and wanted to know why his sister wasn’t talking to him…
This is a tragedy! Not only did beautiful little Chloe lose her life but her brothers and family are left to deal with a loss that was utterly and completely preventable!
I’ve chosen to write just the facts on this without my feelings for one reason. I’m thinking of the brothers. I wouldn’t want to traumatize or hurt them anymore than they already are. In one horrific act they’ve lost their sister and their mother!
I don’t believe I’ve ever seen a more beautiful little girl! I hope all the kids recover quickly and completely from this!
I’m going to end this with some quotes from an email written by Chloe’s teacher:
“Chloe was a kind-hearted, exceptional girl that will be greatly missed..”
“She was always thoughtful and hard-working in class. Her friends have great memories of her handball skills and have decided to name a hit after her.”
“Her beautiful smile and heart will always be remembered.”
Thanks go to Deena for the tip.