TribLIVE

| News


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Father waives hearing on drunken driving charges in daughter's death

- Pittsburgh police charged Richard Benton, 53, with driving under the influence of alcohol after his SUV rolled backward over his daughter and killed her in Stanton Heights in February.
Pittsburgh police charged Richard Benton, 53, with driving under the influence of alcohol after his SUV rolled backward over his daughter and killed her in Stanton Heights in February.
Submitted - Shamera Harris, 12, was killed Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, when the vehicle her father was driving rolled backward and dragged her.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Submitted</em></div>Shamera Harris, 12, was killed Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, when the vehicle her father was driving rolled backward and dragged her.

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.
Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, 12:57 p.m.
 

A Wilkinsburg man whose sport utility vehicle rolled backward and hit and killed his daughter waived his right to a preliminary hearing Monday on charges of drunken driving and endangering a child.

Pittsburgh police in February charged Richard Benton, 54, with driving under the influence of alcohol. He slurred his speech and smelled of alcohol at the scene of the crash on Schenley Manor Drive in East Liberty, police said.

Police said Shamera Harris, 12, died when Benton's Ford Explorer rolled backward and dragged her into a tree. The girl's mother told police Benton was “messing around with the gear shifter” just before Harris stepped out of the car.

Prosecutors added two counts of endangering the welfare of a child at the hearing in Pittsburgh Municipal Court.

Benton has a formal arraignment scheduled for Sept. 25.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Allegheny

  1. Allegheny County Controller Wagner claims rival Flaherty benefits from ‘dark money’
  2. VA hospitals in Pittsburgh, Erie turn attention to female veterans’ needs
  3. Western Pennsylvania watchmaking company says worker safe in earthquake
  4. Penn Hills School District brings on former employee as consultant
  5. Baby makes arrival at fast food restaurant in Hazelwood
  6. Work to begin on Fifth Avenue apartments in Uptown
  7. Duquesne University, union spar over labor laws
  8. McKees Rocks council president arrested after SWAT standoff
  9. Newsmaker: Leslie Geier
  10. District 7 candidates for Pittsburgh council vow to protect poorer communities
  11. North Allegheny OKs $20.5 million in contracts for renovations