Wednesday, 27 April 2016 17:01

Woman Pleads Guilty to Vehicular Homicide

MEMPHIS – April 27, 2016 - A woman motorist who drank alcohol and smoked marijuana before killing a pedestrian two years ago in Orange Mound pled guilty Wednesday to criminal charges and was sentenced to nine years in prison, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.
Curteria Luellyn, 23, was sentenced to eight years for vehicular homicide involving intoxication and one year for leaving the scene of an accident involving death.Next Tuesday she will ask Criminal Court Judge Bobby Carter to suspend some or all of the sentence.
The victim, Curtis Echols, 59, was killed around 8:30 p.m. on March 29, 2014, as he was walking on the sidewalk in the 1500 block of Hugenot near Deadrick.
Luellyn lost control of the 2002 Chevrolet Malibu she was driving, jumped the curb and struck Echols. She drove away from the scene, but was arrested the following day.
The case is being handled by Asst. Dist. Atty. Michael McCusker of the DA’s DUI Prosecution Task Force which works with law enforcement to reduce drunken driving-related fatalities and injuries in Memphis and Shelby County.
Task force members also conduct training sessions designed to keep law enforcement officers updated on new laws and changes in existing laws related to DUI offenses.