Temecula Woman Arrested After Crash Kills Her 9-Year-Old Daughter

TEMECULA (CBS) — The mother of a 9-year-old girl killed in a car accident in Temecula was behind bars Thursday on suspicion of DUI and vehicular homicide.

Karen Honeycutt, 41, of Temecula, was driving her Jeep Cherokee east on Vail Ranch Parkway just before 3 p.m. Wednesday when the vehicle hit the concrete median and smashed into a tree and concrete light pole, according to the sheriff’s department.

Her daughter, Chloe Honeycutt, was ejected and killed.

Honeycutt’s 17-year-old son was also ejected and suffered major injuries. Both children weren’t wearing seatbelts, according to the sheriff’s department.

Their 8-year-old brother had minor injuries.

Chloe and her brothers were taken to a hospital, where she was declared dead, according to the county coroner’s office.

Honeycutt could be charged with vehicular homicide, according to Riverside County sheriff’s Sgt. Mark Leggett.

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