A Temecula mother was arrested this week on charges of murder for a fatal car accident that killed her 9-year-old daughter. In addition to allegations of murder, Karen Faye Honeycutt, 41, is also being charged with felony DUI charges that caused her to lose control of her Jeep Cherokee, ejecting her children from the vehicle.
Prior to the fatal car accident that killed her 9-year-old daughter, Honeycutt pleaded guilty to driving without a license in April of the previous year. And, according to court records, Honeycutt had multiple citations for driving on a suspended license.
Honeycutt’s daughter, Chloe, died on Wednesday when she was ejected from her mother’s Jeep Cherokee in a high-speed car crash near Vail Ranch Parkway near Valentino Drive, according to authorities.
Temecula police suspect that Honeycutt was driving up to 100 mph when she lost control of her vehicle.
The SUV hit the center meridian, rebounded into a tree, and finally crashed into a concrete light pole, throwing her daughter from the vehicle and injuring two other children, according to Sergeant Mark Leggett.
Temecula community mourns child’s wrongful death
In light of the tragic accident, Temecula mourns Chloe Honeycutt’s wrongful death and the community has gathered to commemorate her life.
Pauba Valley Elementary School officials described Chloe Honeycutt as a “wonderful girl.”
In a prepared statement, fourth-grade teacher Theresa Thompson said Chloe was “always thoughtful and hard-working in class… her friends have great memories of her.”
Also injured was Chloe Honeycutt’s stepbrother, Charles Williams Jr., 17, who was also ejected from the Jeep Cherokee in the car accident. Williams, a junior at Chaparral High School, survived the crash but not without serious personal injury as a result of the car accident.
Zachary, brother to Williams, was also injured in the car crash.
According to officials, Honeycutt and Williams were not wearing their seatbelts.
Karen Honeycutt was transferred into the jail ward of Riverside County Regional Medical Center on Wednesday. She was booked on suspicion of second-degree murder and three counts of felony DUI driving causing injury, according to officials.
Authorities say she may have also been under the influence of marijuana.
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