Monday, August 11
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The father of a 12-year-old Pittsburgh girl who died when his vehicle fatally backed over the girl during her first date will stand trial on drunken driving and endangerment charges.
Fifty-four-year-old Richard Benton waived his right to a preliminary hearing after Allegheny County prosecutors on Monday added two counts of endangering the welfare of a child to the drunken driving charge they filed in February.
That's when police say Benton was drunk before Shamera Harris got out of his SUV to pose for photos with a boy after her first date. When Benton also got out, the vehicle drove backward over the girl, dragging her until it hit a tree.
Defense attorney David Cercone says Benton is "innocent of any wrongdoing. It's a horrible tragedy for the whole family."