Mothers Demand Answers in Girls' Deaths After Alleged DUI Crash

View Comments ()



    Two best friends from Colton were killed by a suspected drunken driver in January. The motorist, who had a blood alcohol level nearly twice the legal limit, was booked on suspicion of DUI and homicide, but has not been charged. The San Bernardino District Attorney's office says the case is still under review. Jacob Rascon reports from Colton for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on March 28, 2013. (Published Thursday, March 28, 2013)

    The driver who collided with the car two young best friends were traveling in was booked on suspicion of DUI and homicide in January, but as of Thursday still had not been formally charged.

    "It just doesn't seem right, something's fishy," said Simone Daly, Haven Penman’s mother.

    Penman, Kylan Allen and Allen’s grandmother died on Jan. 18 after getting into a crash with an alleged drunken driver near Riverside and Placentia avenues, according to Colton police. The motorist, 29-year-old Michael Hughes, was booked on suspicion of driving under the influence and homicide.

    The San Bernardino District Attorney’s office told NBC4 the case is still under review, specifically whether Allen’s grandmother may have failed to yield.

    But even if that’s true, the victims’ mothers hope driving under the influence will still be punished.

    "This gentleman should never have been on the road," said Daly.

    Authorities said Hughes had a blood alcohol level of .14 at the time of the crash, nearly twice the legal limit of .08.

    A video of the girls recorded an hour before they left in the car to attend a church function shows the pair dancing and laughing.

    Follow NBCLA for the latest LA news, events and entertainment: iPhone/iPad App | Facebook | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram | RSS | Text Alerts | Email Alerts