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Alleged Killer Mother Drank While Driving, Son Says

The woman was charged with killing her daughter in an alcohol-fueled crash in Redhawk.

A woman accused of killing her daughter in an alcohol-related crash was no stranger to drinking while driving, her son testified today.

Karen Faye Honeycutt, 41, was charged with murder and gross vehicular manslaughter for her role in the death of 9-year-old Chloe Honeycutt.

The crash happened in January on Vail Ranch Parkway near Valentino Way as Honeycutt was driving with three of her children, according to sheriff’s department officials.

Honeycutt was sipping on a can of Bud Light as she drove her children home from Great Oak High School, her youngest son, Zachary “Myles” Honeycutt, testified.

It wasn’t the first time his mother drank while driving, he said. “I’ve seen her do it before, but she doesn’t do it a lot,” he said.

Honeycutt was convicted before of drunken driving, and after the crash, she had signs of marijuana in her system and a blood-alcohol level of .22 percent, which is well above the level deputies assume causes intoxication, .08 percent, sheriff’s officials said.

Deputies found about a dozen opened beer cans in Honeycutt’s home, according to arrest records.

That day, the mother took her children to pick up their oldest sibling, and when he failed to show up, she got angry, the young boy recalled, occasionally glancing at his mother, who sat next to her attorney wearing a blue prison uniform.

“She was getting kind of mad or worried,” he said. “She kept saying hurry up… she was talking to herself.”

Soon, as the family drove home, her mood suddenly lifted. “She started screaming, ‘Yay,’” Myles recalled. “She cooled down a little and started turning happy.”

The mother’s eyes squinted as though she were confused when her son said this.

The mother was driving fast, and Myles got nervous, so he scooted over to look at the speedometer and saw they were going between 70 and 80 mph, he said.

“I didn’t want nothing to happen or nobody to get hurt,” he said.

Numerous witnesses told investigators shortly after the crash Honeycutt was driving the jeep “very fast,” according to two deputies who took the stand today.

That was the last thing Myles remembered until paramedics picked him up from the street, he said.

Myles was the only one of the children wearing a seatbelt, sheriff’s officials said.

At the end of the hearing, Judge Albert J. Wojcik decided enough evidence was available to put Honeycutt on trial.

If convicted, she could face 25 years to life in prison.

J Carabine May 14, 2011 at 06:10 PM
Very very sad.... and so many drive while under the influence...... when your at a restaurant and have two drinks.. the leave....... this could be you. You think you are only going a short distance....or are OKAY. Get a taxi while out..or have two drinks and sit for a looooong while drinking water.. do not drive under the influence. If you don't die ....someone else's family member may. The kid's in this family... have to go through a lot her i hope they have some good support. They have lost a mother, ( I know a bad one ) but a child will always want it's mother... regardless. They have lost a sister.... They have heard her lie, I am sure they are getting flack at school about it.. they need to be surrounded by compassion and love. A lot of healing to happen here. Does anyone know where the kids are? Are they with family or in the ' system' ?
J Carabine May 14, 2011 at 06:11 PM
AND this young boy has to testify against his mother... ..
Momx2 May 15, 2011 at 04:50 AM
Chloe attended the same school my 1st grader attends. It was a very sad day for all of us. Chloe will always be remembered.
bob May 16, 2011 at 01:55 AM
Stupid people shouldn't breed.
Thelostgirlwithhope August 11, 2011 at 09:15 PM
Thank you Lord that the child is walking with you and not left behind. Give this family peace, with this fact.

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